Barbara Kay: Suffering caused by honour tell tales that smite the heart | National Post

On the film, Honour Diaries, and Barbara Kay’s commentary. Some may be uncomfortable talking about “honour killings” but I think it is fewer than Kay asserts. Despite some previous musings within the government of the possible need for special legislation against honour killings, existing laws have proven adequate to punish those guilty of murder (e.g., Shafia and Parvez cases):

The lives of girls and women are held cheap in many regions dominated by the Hindu and Sikh religions, but nine out of 10 of the countries with the worst gender-rights disparities are Islam-dominated, according to the World Economic Forum. There is no evading that elephant in the room, and the women in this film gamely attempt to address it head-on. But the subject needs a film in itself.

Many people, and feminists in particular, feel it is racist to judge the gender practices of other cultures, preferring to dwell on the perceived deficits in our own. They must get over that, as all the women in the film agree. Canadian women viewers will walk out of this film feeling as I did: There but for the grace of cultural accident go I.

Barbara Kay: Suffering caused by honour tell tales that smite the heart | National Post.

Some background on the directors and producers of the movie, which doesn’t necessarily detract from the messages of the film (but makes it easier for people to discard them):

Clarion Project as “a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing the dangers of Islamic extremism, while providing a platform for the voices of moderation. [Executive producer] Shore’s previous films include the award-winning documentary ‘Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,’ ‘The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America,’ and ‘Iranium.'”

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2 Responses to Barbara Kay: Suffering caused by honour tell tales that smite the heart | National Post

  1. Pingback: Don’t Separate ‘Honour Crimes’ From Other Violence Against Women | Amy Awad | Multicultural Meanderings

  2. Pingback: Sheema Khan: We can end honour killings, but not with films by anti-Muslim zealots | Multicultural Meanderings

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