Although the feminist-left community prefers to remain largely silent about the extreme oppression of women common in several Islamic countries (does anyone remember major feminist organizations praising the freeing of Afghanistan's women from the burka and stoning?), sensible people are appalled at the restrictions placed on their freedom and their inferior legal standing, not to mention charming customs like "honor killing" of daughters and sisters after they have been raped.
But now, progress of a certain sort - a twisted, evil sort - is being made: females are playing a larger role in terror attacks. Apparently the restrictions which mean so much to the devout can be overlooked if murder is in prospect. Paula Boradwell writes in the Boston Globe:
... women of all ages and sects are playing an increasing role in several aspects of supporting terrorist behavior. Recent chatter on jihadi web forums alludes to an alleged new Shiite female assassin unit in Iraq formed to target Sunnis. Other areas of involvement include: opening bank accounts under a maiden name to evade suspicion by counter-terrorism financing experts, raising money for terror groups through charity functions, and transporting supplies and information past airport security officers focused on Arab men.
Broadwell also notes:
Because women are stereotyped as nonviolent, they might elicit less attention and thus execute a stealthier attack; there are also inherent sensitivities in searching or questioning a woman, especially in many conservative Muslim societies.
Yes, indeed. Muslims have a perfect double bind for us infidels: if women wearing what amount to masks and loose clothes are not searched, they are a perfect vehicle for murder. And "vehicle" is all they are, as their humanity means nothing to those using them. But if women are searched, the Religion of Perpetual Outrage has yet another excuse to cry "Islamophobia!"