Dutch philosopher says Ayaan Hirsi Ali should not have got the Beauvoir prize

Simone de Beauvoir with headscarf

Translated from the Dutch philosophical review Filosofie Magazine:

De Beauvoir specialist unhappy with prize for Hirsi Ali

Dutch De Beauvoir specialist Karen Vintgesis unhappy that Ayaan Hirsi Ali has won the Simone de Beauvoir prize.

‘Simone de Beauvoir is probably noisily turning in her grave right now. It is OK that Hirsi Ali opposes fundamentalism; however, it is not OK that she attacks all of Islam across the board. She helps to create an atmosphere in which seemingly each and every Muslim is dangerous; de Beauvoir definitely would not have wanted to have anything to do with such an atmosphere’, according to Karen Vintges, a philosopher at Amsterdam University.

The prize goes to women who, in the spirit of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) work for women’s rights. …

In a letter to the editors of the French review Nouvelles Questions Féministes, founded in 1981 by Simone de Beauvoir, Karen Vintges explained her objections to awarding this prize to Hirsi Ali. In a short interview, she explains her objections further. ‘The kind of feminism, established in France now, pretends that oppression of women is something still only happening in non-western cultures. Also, Ayaan Hirsi Ali stands for a kind of feminism which sees western [neo-]liberalism as the only way to liberation. For many Muslim women, this kind of views are an obstacle, rather than a help towards emancipation. De Beauvoir would have been very critical about the claims of western [neo-]liberalism of bringing freedom on a world scale. She was allergic to imperialism and colonialism. She was one of the first French intellectuals resisting the French wars in Vietnam and Algeria.’

Apologists for the Algerian war in the 1950s used to say that the war had to be waged as the enemies supposedly were ‘backward Muslims’.

She would have been much more suspicious about the way people in France and other West European countries think about headscarves of Muslim women and girls. Simone de Beauvoir would, on the contrary, have supported an inclusive feminism, giving Muslim feminists a voice from their own culture. These other voices have been around for a long time; however, you hardly hear them in the Dutch press.

Not just on this blog, there is one of various photos of Simone de Beauvoir with headscarf. Proving once again that headscarves often do not have anything to do with professing Islam; let alone with professing ‘fundamentalist’ Islam.

Feminism, imperialism, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan: here.

Alain Badiou: here. And here.

9 thoughts on “Dutch philosopher says Ayaan Hirsi Ali should not have got the Beauvoir prize

  1. She is a cryto-mohamedian exploiting Aristoteles theory slavery exist by nature and the use of the slave is only in it’s bodyforce, it’s destiny is submission. The barbarian, that is the stranger or man without faith,are no kwalifide members of society. Therefore f.i. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is by default etc.


  2. Hi paul, I would certainly not call Ayaan Hirsi Ali “cryto-mohamedian”. One might argue, however, that the fanaticism with which she was a Muslim Brotherhood member earlier in her life, continued in her later Islam-bashing (“the fanaticism of the convert”).


  3. Hi paul, Karen Vintges as fas as I know is not religious at all, “cryto” or otherwise, relating to any religion. She just does not like discrimination based on religion. Or wars (also) based on prejudices against Muslims; like the French bloody colonial war in Algeria, which Simone de Beauvoir opposed. Or the war in Iraq, which Ayaan Hirsi Ali (or Ayaan Hirsi Magan, to give her her real name) supports (though she admits the decision for “political support” for it in the Netherlands was made completely undemocratically). Or war against Iran, of which Ayaan said on Dutch TV that the criterium about whether George W. Bush would be a good president would be whether he would wage against Iran … War against Iran is still a danger; even though Bush’s own intelligense services have reported that the reports about Iran supposedly building nuclear weapons have been lies at least since 2003.


  4. OOPS excuse my Frence I thought I typed crypto, meaning hidden like in encrytpted so not comediean, but secretly mohametian/muzalman and politial islam agent!
    Do you watch Dutch tv in Holland? The nrc newpaper said around 15 may 2006 her mothers name is Ali and any 18 year old in the Netherlands may choice to use
    either the name of the father or mother so why do you denaiy her the right do do so? I found this by Hypatia, she invented astrolabe, planesphere en hydroscope
    more defining the trouble with islam;

    “Fable should be taught as fable, myth as myth, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truth is horrifying. The mind of a child accepts them and only through great pain, perhaps tragedy, can the child be relieved of them. Men will fight for superstition as quickly as for the living truth — even more so, since a superstition is intangible, you can’t get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”

    Plus in link my comment;
    One of the conclusions of modern women studies and feministic literatuur
    is the mother´s passing the given cage to their daughter´s and son’s.

    On Hirsi Ali’s remark;
    They are products of their mothers, whose husbands inflict ignorance on them as they simply become baby manufacturers the ignorance is passed on to them, and they have no set of values. We [Muslims] have only ourselves to blame.

    And a chat I had with one of her tribe sisters who is not so happy with her speaking out.


  5. Hi Paul, I am a NRC subscriber: and it did not say the name of her mother was Ali. Only the name of her grandfather was. Ms Magan herself admitted on Dutch TV that she had lied about both the date of her birth and her name while seeking asylum. Others who acted like her have been sent back to torture and death in their homelands by the VVD political party of Ms Ali-Magan.


  6. Yes, the year of her birth, not the day or the month on Nova or Buitenhof years before the usefull idiots of VARA’s Zembla
    brought it as “news”. Also the Cohen als PvdA State-secretary wrote the laws that ex. PvdA member Verdonk implemented for the “VVD” who do no run the governement but are part of the ruling coalition. So PvdA made those laws not the VVD.
    Clever party-policy do let the oppostion do the work for them, otherwise they would have lost votes from their homegrown electoraat.

    Are you from Nablus administrator ?


  7. Accolade handed to Islamophobe

    GERMANY: Right-wing publishing house Axel Springer awarded Dutch Islamophobe Ayaan Hirsi Ali a special award today in recognition of her “courage and commitment to freedom as a women’s rights campaigner and critic of Islam.”

    Ms Hirsi Ali, who was awarded the €25,000 (£20,028) prize in Berlin, is the author of the autobiography Infidel: My Life in which she gives a graphic account of how she rejected her faith.



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