Dating a middle eastern man
The criticism of Jameel also smacks of what the late, great Edward Said correctly defined as orientalism – the West’s patronising attitude towards cultures different to our own.
When we thought that Jameel was a Spanish footballer, we applauded him: but when we thought that Rihanna was dating a Middle Eastern man – an Arab, no less – we condemned her, implying that Arab men can’t respect women, only Western men do.
“I like to tell women about abusive men or men who support abuse. He is linked to the house of Saudi and family rule over the abuse of women daily.
So far, good for them – and given the abuse Rihanna suffered at the hands of Brown, no-one would begrudge her some romantic happiness.“Rihanna you can do better than a man whose family would have an empowered woman like you disowned, locked away or stoned.Dump the loser,” wrote one prominent feminist activist.He’s a private businessman, who happens to be from Saudi Arabia, a nation where women can’t drive, schoolgirls have burned to death for not wearing correct Islamic dress; female maids and domestic workers are routinely raped, beaten and abused; and women are stoned to death for adultery.We must never let our outrage at the violations and indignities endured by Saudi women and girls abate.