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The article Behind the Veil A Muslim Woman Speaks Out portrays the power dynamics used to influence the life of Ayaan Hirsi Ali from early childhood to the present day post 911 society A Muslim woman oppressed her entire life understood that the way Dutch government was run affected the safety and the equality of her and other Muslim women living in the Netherlands Ali developed a leading voice by disapproving the governments support for multiculturalism a social theory that encourages interest in many cultures within a society rather than only the mainstream culture This social concept increased the population of isolated Muslim women in Dutch Society due to the large group of citizens informed of the oppressions that Muslim women face by Muslim men When taking such action Ali did not realize the undersized amount of power she held compared to the power in numbers of Muslim citizens condemning her ideas the superiority of male Muslims and the power of an inequitable government Muslims who disagreed with Ali united their opinions using hate mail and disparaging internet web sites to create a strong enough coercive force against Ali in order to put a stop to her ideas Since the majority of Muslim spokespersons are men Ali knew that her abilities to convey her ideas were limited and therefore it was essential to disseminate her opinions when she had a chance As a result of the threats the Netherlands government was compelled to enforce their legitimate power upon Ali for safety reasons The police decided that it would be in Alis best interest to change her residence for protection against hostile Muslims who condoned multiculturalistic ideas throughout the country The power of the media has also assisted in the growing of a negative consensus pertaining to Alis controversial notions Because Ali is only one voice the media can easily regulate her chances of bestowing her thoughts by damaging her credibility using subjective and bios writing
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