New Delhi: Exiled Bangladeshi author and feminist Taslima Nasreen has courted controversies by her repeated criticism of Islam and religion in general. Radical Muslims have criticized her for saying Islam and other religions oppress women. She describes herself as a secular humanist and criticises religion as an oppressive force.
On Twitter, Nasreen has been a champion of causes that affect women and often her scathing posts have upset celebrities opposed to her outspoken stance. Here are 10 handpicked tweets from Nasreen, whom the European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, reflecting her thoughts on sexual freedom of women.
@taslimanasreen: "Men define intelligence, men define usefulness, men tell us what is beautiful, men even tell us what is womanly," -- Sally Kempton. 2:33 PM - 22 Feb 12
Nasreen's scathing posts have upset celebrities opposed to her outspoken stance.
@taslimanasreen: Feminism is not about fucking. Feminism is about Independence, equality, equity, dignity and honour. - 7:44 PM - 21 Feb 12
@taslimanasreen: The dirty patriarchal society put some women in burqa and put some women into prostitution, to satisfy men. - 1:39 PM - 21 Feb 12
@taslimanasreen: Poonam Pandey got naked but not satisfied.She wanna do dirtiest things none did before.Wants to get fucked in public! - 1:22 PM - 21 Feb
@taslimanasreen: Men like to talk about sports, science, sex, money, math, machines with other men. Do they really think they know these things better than women? - 3:36 PM - 19 Feb 12
@taslimanasreen: "We are not over-sexualized, we are over-commercialized." - 11:33 AM - 18 Feb 12
@taslimanasreen: I feel so cold when I hear she is hot or he is hot all day and all night. This hot culture sucks big time. - 8:01 PM - 16 Feb 12
@taslimanasreen: "Stopping violence against women is as crucial as addressing the issues of disease, hunger, and climate change," -- Eve Ensler - 11:55 AM - 16 Feb 12
@taslimanasreen: Community kitchen gives Bohra women freedom from cooking. But they badly need freedom from being genitally mutilated. - 11:36 AM - 15 Feb 12
@taslimanasreen: Even educated men cant get an erection if their girlfriends say,'let's make love'.To turn themselves on,men need to say,'I'm gonna fuck ya'. - 6:02 PM - 14 Feb 12