British Muslim women hit back at David Cameron: The best of the #TraditionallySubmissive hashtag

There has been a lot of controversy around British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent decision to pump 20 million pounds in to English lessons for Muslim women living in Britain. In conversation, David Cameron said he feels learning English will help tackle the “traditional submissiveness of Muslim women” and in doing so, will allow Muslim women to challenge any radicalisation taking place amongst children.

The author of the highly popular novel ‘Love in a Headscarf’ Shelina Janmohamed, along with hundreds of other women across the UK, was personally offended by this portrayal and came up with the hashtag #TraditionallySubmissive to tweet professions, hobbies and views in order to counter act the view that Muslim women are somewhat passive and unable to express their opinions.

Dr Sukaina Hirji, who has been working hard to drum up support for the Twitter campaign, explained ‘I and many others have been extremely hurt by David Cameron’s article in The Times earlier this week, specifically (and incorrectly) targeting Muslim women’s apparent inability to speak the English language and loosely linking this to Radicalisation (multifactorial causes) and Female Genital Mutilation (cultural practice).’

Here are some of the best tweets from the hashtag:

And last but my no means least…my mum!


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  1. I find it really outrageous to be subjected to the fierce campaign rallying in “defence” of “our rights”, the rights of Muslim women, while Muslim women’s voices have been smothered and ignored

    What frustrates me about this impious calls is the fact that those who are holding the banner of our “liberation” are precisely the ones whose hands are dripping with our blood, the blood of Muslim women!

    Wouldn’t it be a good idea if they stop killing us first (in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan and Palestine …etc)?

    I mean honestly, at least their hideous and bogus calls might gain some credibility then.

    Wouldn’t it be a good idea if they could spare us their fake concern, and their crocodile tears weeping over our state of affairs and act honestly for once, by stopping their genocide against us, and by washing our blood off their hands?

  2. Untenable is the idea
    You can support a male supremacyst ideology
    whilst claiming you believe in equal rights for women!



    A Muslim man said “don’t criticise female Muslims who choose to wear the hijab” so i asked him, would he criticise them if they chose not to wear it?. He then flipped into an abusive rage!

    Choice is an anathema, when there is no choice at all!


    “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller.
    We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim
    to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten
    the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am
    expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage
    is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and
    mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we
    don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as
    competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good
    thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be
    sexual beings in the way that boys are.”
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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