CONSENT IS A WESTERN CONCEPT – What would we do without Islamic Studies professors? Georgetown’s Jonathan Brown has recently delivered a lecture titled “Islam and the Problem of Slavery” at the International Institute of Islamic Thought , and what a little gem it was.
Brown defended slavery, stating, “It’s not immoral for one human to own another human” by comparing it to marriage—a quid pro quo arrangement in which both slave and master benefited from the arrangement.
“I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody because we own lots of people all around us and we’re owned by people,” said Brown.
A female attendee asked Brown about the permissibility of sex with slaves, to which the professor stated that “Consent isn’t necessary for lawful sex,” and defined consent as a Western concept that emerged with women’s suffrage and female body autonomy. Brown, he said, believes that marital rape was an invalid concept in Islam.
Brown is a white male justifying rape. Over to you, feminists.