Obedient Wives Club

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The Obedient Wives Club (OWC) is an international Islamic faith based organization which claims to promote harmonious families by teaching wives how to be submissive to their husbands.[1] Composed of up to 3000 members[2] this group currently operates in Malaysia,[3] Indonesia,[4] Singapore,[5] Australia,[6] Kazakhstan,[7] and the Jordan [8] though it has plans to open chapters in England and France in 2013.[9] In October 2011, the Obedient Wives Club published a highly controversial book, called Islamic Sex, Fighting Jews to Return Islamic Sex to the World, which encouraged wives to act like “first class whores” in order to keep husbands from straying.[10] This book is currently banned in Indonesia and Malaysia.[11] Despite the book only being available to its club, some of its content has been made known, sparking fierce debates online.

History[edit]

On June 3, 2011, a business firm called Global Ikhwan established the first chapter of the Obedient Wives Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[12] Originally intended to help the female staff become good wives and productive employees, the group's main goal was to revolutionize the way Muslim wives viewed sex within marriage.[13]

Global Ikhwan, which also founded a controversial polygamy club,[14] has been closely tied to the religious Islamic sect, Al-Arqam, which was banned in Malaysia in 1994. The Obedient Wives Club denies allegations that they are trying to revive Al-Arqam.[15]

Though based in their Islamic faith, this group is open to any women regardless of their denomination.[16] The Obedient Wives Club claims to fight divorce, domestic violence and other social ills by teaching wives how to please their husbands.[17] As one member put it, “A man married to a woman who is as good or better than a prostitute in bed has no reason to stray. Rather than allowing him to sin, a woman must do all she can to ensure his desires are met.”[18]

Controversy[edit]

In October 2011, the Obedient Wives Club published a 115 page book, guiding wives through the physical and spiritual aspects of sex. This book, titled Islamic Sex, Fighting Jews to Return Islamic Sex to the World, quickly stirred controversy.[19] Many groups, such as Sisters in Islam,[20] Aware (the Association of Women for Action and Research) and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, criticized the book, calling it backwards and disrespectful of women and men.[21] In particular, they disputed the club’s assertion that if wives serve their husbands like “first class prostitutes” they will be able to maintain happy marriages.[22] Critics argue that the values being promoted by the club involve objectification of women, and places unfair responsibility on wives.[23] They further argue it reduces Islamic marriage to a sexual exchange. As a representative of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore said, "Happiness in a marriage goes beyond receiving sexual fulfillment from one's wife." [24] Minister Shahrizat Jalil of the Women, Family and Community Development agreed, noting “To hinge fidelity, domestic violence and the fulfillment of a husband’s responsibilities purely on a wife’s capacity to be obedient, stimulate sexual arousal … is not only demeaning to wives, but to husbands as well.” [25]

In conjunction with the launch of the book, a stage performance glorifying Islamic sex took place. In the performance, the performers claim that Islamic sex is "many times more amazing than the forbidden sex of the Jews" also raised eyebrows.[26]

Other groups have criticized the book for promoting group sex between a man and his wives. However, the Obedient Wives Club claims that this is a purely spiritual exercise and not a physical reality.[27]

In November 2011, the Malaysian government banned the book.[28]

Islamic basis[edit]

The Obedient Wives Club claims that Islam promote sex within marriage, noting that “You [God] have said that all these acts are halal, pure, beautiful and like a prayer [between a man and a wife.]” [29]

Future plans[edit]

The Club moved its headquarters to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.[30] They hope to keep expanding throughout South East Asia.[31]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ AFP. "AFP: Malaysian women launch 'The Obedient Wife Club'." Google. AFP, 2 June 2010. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.[1]
  2. ^ NPR. "'Obedient Wives Club' Irks Some Muslims In Malaysia : NPR." NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR. National Public Radio, 30 Jan. 2010. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [2]
  3. ^ Lai, Isabelle. "Obedient Wives Club to offer sex lessons." Asiaone. Asia One, 5 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [3]
  4. ^ Wee, Teo Cheng. "Obedient Wives Club Produces Islamic Sex Guide." Jakarta Globe. N.p., 13 Oct. 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [4]
  5. ^ CNN International. "Obedient Wives Club to set up a Singapore chapter | CNNGo.com." CNN. CNN International, 14 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [5]
  6. ^ Nye, Catrin. "BBC News - Obedient Wives' Club faces criticism in UK." BBC - Homepage. N.p., 24 Nov. 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [6]
  7. ^ Pak, Jennifer. "BBC News - Malaysia minister attacks 'Obedient Wives Club'." BBC. British Publishing Company, 14 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [7]
  8. ^ Hodal, Kate . " Outrage as Obedient Wives Club spreads across south-east Asia | World news | The Guardian ." Latest US news, world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | guardiannews.com | The Guardian . the Guardian, 6 July 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [8]
  9. ^ Nye, Catrin. "BBC News - Obedient Wives' Club faces criticism in UK." BBC - Homepage. N.p., 24 Nov. 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [9]
  10. ^ Chong, Debra. "Obedient Wives Club publishes explicit sex book." the Malaysian Insider. the Malaysian Insider, 12 Oct. 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [10]
  11. ^ Jones, Sam. " Malaysia bans Obedient Wives Club sex manual | World news | The Guardian ." Latest US news, world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | guardiannews.com | The Guardian . The Guardian, 3 Nov. 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [11]
  12. ^ AFP. "AFP: Malaysian women launch 'The Obedient Wife Club'." Google. AFP, 2 June 2010. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.[12]
  13. ^ Rondonuwu, Olivia, and Razak Ahmad. "Preaching good sex, Obedient Wives Club spreads word across Asia| Reuters." Reuters India. Reuters, 24 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [13]
  14. ^ Gooch, Liz. "Malaysian Polygamy Club Draws Criticism - NYTimes.com." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. N.p., 5 Jan. 2010. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [14]
  15. ^ Rondonuwu, Olivia, and Razak Ahmad. "Preaching good sex, Obedient Wives Club spreads word across Asia| Reuters." Reuters India. Reuters, 24 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [15]
  16. ^ Ahmad, Razak. "Malaysia's Obedient Wives Club angers women's rights groups | FaithWorld." Analysis & Opinion | Reuters. N.p., 5 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.[16]
  17. ^ Lai, Isabelle. "Obedient Wives Club to offer sex lessons." Asiaone. Asia One, 5 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [17]
  18. ^ Ahmad, Razak. "Malaysia's Obedient Wives Club angers women's rights groups | FaithWorld." Analysis & Opinion | Reuters. N.p., 5 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.[18]
  19. ^ Wee, Teo Cheng. "Obedient Wives Club Produces Islamic Sex Guide." Jakarta Globe. N.p., 13 Oct. 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [19]
  20. ^ Ryan, Erin Gloria. ""Obedient Wives Club" Teaches Women Advanced Doormattery Skills." "Obedient Wives Club" Teaches Women Advanced Doormattery Skills. Jezebel, 5 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [20]
  21. ^ Hodal, Kate . " Outrage as Obedient Wives Club spreads across south-east Asia | World news | The Guardian ." Latest US news, world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | guardiannews.com | The Guardian . the Guardian, 6 July 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [21]
  22. ^ Parsons, Rob. "Obedient Wives Club urges women: Be like prostitutes - News - Evening Standard." London News | London Evening Standard - London's newspaper. N.p., 23 Nov. 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [22]
  23. ^ Ryan, Erin Gloria. ""Obedient Wives Club" Teaches Women Advanced Doormattery Skills." "Obedient Wives Club" Teaches Women Advanced Doormattery Skills. Jezebel, 5 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [23]
  24. ^ Hodal, Kate . " Outrage as Obedient Wives Club spreads across south-east Asia | World news | The Guardian ." Latest US news, world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | guardiannews.com | The Guardian . the Guardian, 6 July 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [24]
  25. ^ Reuters. Malaysia's obedient wives anger rights groups| Reuters." Reuters India. Reuters, 5 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [25]
  26. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaoZh7StKIs Dateline
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  29. ^ Wee, Teo Cheng. "Obedient Wives Club Produces Islamic Sex Guide." Jakarta Globe. N.p., 13 Oct. 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [28]
  30. ^ Jakarta Post. "Dreams of the Obedient Wives Club | The Jakarta Post." Home | The Jakarta Post. Jakarta Post, 22 June 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [29]
  31. ^ Hodal, Kate. " Outrage as Obedient Wives Club spreads across south-east Asia | World news | The Guardian." Latest US news, world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | guardiannews.com | The Guardian. the Guardian, 6 July 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2012. [30]