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To Love a Baby Girl By: Jamie Glazov
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, October 24, 2001


WHEN A WOMAN in the Middle East gets married, she had better start producing boys. Regarded as her husband’s slave, the wife might increase her status if she does so.

In that culture, parents often pray for a boy when the wife is pregnant. If a non-child (a girl) is born, the mother becomes ashamed and the father usually flies into a rage.

Upon sight of the baby girl, the paternal grandmother traditionally sings, "Why did you come, girl, when we wished for a boy? Take the Zala (Jar) and fill it from the sea, may you fall into it and drown."

Till this day, many female babies in the Middle East are simply buried alive in the sand.

No wonder the abusive and neglectful care of baby girls in the Arab world is rampant. Purposeful injury to them is all too common (i.e. injection of kerosene and burns; injection of medicines to the point of poisoning and death). Hospital admissions for girls suffering from malnutrition is a cultural norm. The death rate for Arab girls is significantly higher than for boys.

Nawal El Saadawi relates many of these tragic realities in The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World. Hospital records report frequent brain damage of newborn females due to "accidents." The practice of inserting pins and needless into girls’ abdomen and chest, and even into the fontanel, is extensive. Many female children have been killed in this way. Some girls survive and years later, even in old age, they discover that needles and pins are in their brains.

In many areas of the Arab world, if a father is asked how many children he has, he will give the number of male children. You have to specifically inquire about daughters to find out how many "children" he really has.

But who is the most important human being in our universe?

This is not to downgrade the father; he surely plays a vital and priceless role. But it is Mom that passes along her love, nurturing, and security. It is mom that passes on the message to her own daughter of what it takes to be a mother.

For a girl, the preparation for motherhood begins in the womb. The affection and love she receives in the first years of her life will set the foundation for what kind of love she will be able to give to her own children.

If a baby girl is generously loved, she will learn to love. Even in the womb, the unborn baby already knows whether it is wanted or not. Psychologist Andrew Feldmar has documented how numerous suicidal adolescents under his care repeatedly tried to kill themselves at the same time each year. He interviewed their mothers. It turned out that the adolescents’ suicidal compulsions afflicted them each year at exactly the time their mothers had tried to abort them. The adolescents had absolutely no conscious knowledge of this fact.

But they knew.

 

One can’t help but wonder: what does a baby girl in the Middle East think of herself? When she is in the womb, the baby girl knows she is a girl. She, therefore, hears her parents’ prayers to Allah that she is not. We know that this does not occur in a conscious sense, but medical science has proven that unborn babies know a lot of what is going on around them.

So what does an Arab girl feel about herself from the moment she is conceived and from the moment she is born? And what is it like to observe your own mother – when she is depressed and negative towards you?

What will this girl’s understanding be of herself? Of her daughters? Sons?

The most precious and important person in the world is a newborn baby girl.

This is not to say that male babies are unequal and/or that they do not deserve and need the same amount of love and attention. It is only to emphasize that the health of our civilization profoundly relies on how we treat women from the very moment they are conceived. It is a mother’s caress that lies at the epicenter of what kind of humans we become.

We must celebrate baby girls.

And hug them. And kiss them. And cherish them. And let them feel free to laugh and to have joy.

And we must worship them.

In this context, there is a world out there that has it all so wrong – in the most pathological sense.


Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev’s Soviet Union and is the co-editor (with David Horowitz) of The Hate America Left. He edited and wrote the introduction to David Horowitz’s Left Illusions. His new book is United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror. To see his previous symposiums, interviews and articles Click Here. Email him at jglazov@rogers.com.


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