Not 'Genius'; Sorry For Any Confusion.

Jun 15

awaitingmyescape:

Those of you who’ve followed me for a long time know that I consider myself a Muslim feminist. 
Its funny, when I say that to people they expect me to be like “DOWN WITH ALL MEN!!!! WOMEN ARE SUPERIOR!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHA” 
But really- thats because feminists have such a bad name. The only media coverage feminists get is coverage of Femen. Now if you know me, you’ll know that I hate Femen with a passion. Femen as an organization by white feminists, for white feminists, founded by a white man. The irony in it is that this guy who founded femen actually said that he wants only “attractive women” to lead the campaign. He wanted to USE women and oversexualize them to be the representatives of a campaign for women’s rights. Ummmmmmm degradement much?
Femen feminists are the ones who want to “liberate” Muslim women, to “free” us of our hijab. Femen feminists are the ones that run onstage during fashion shows and sexually harass the models by forcing their clothes off in order to run around topless. These are the same feminists that ran into an islamic convention disrespecting islamic dresscode and interrupting a lecture to run around topless holding anti-islamic signs.
THIS. IS. NOT. FEMINISM. 
If you are a privileged white woman, and you use women of colour or lowerclass women as a stepping stone for your campaign,
YOU. ARE. NOT. A. FEMINIST. 
If you find it in you to disrespect the religion, culture, and choices of other women, 
YOU. ARE. NOT. A. FEMINIST. 
Feminism is a movement that acknowledges the rights of all women. 
Feminism wants to eliminate male privilege. We want to see women treated equally, given respect and honesty, given equal pay, having the ability to make choices over our own bodies, and being valued as more than just eyecandy.
Feminism is about rape prevention, and prevention of both physical and verbal harassment (sexual and non). Feminism is about blaming the rapist, rather than justifying the actions of the rapist by blaming the victim. 
Islamic feminism is no different- I have quoted the Quran numerous times with verses that promote gender equality and how in the sight of Allah, we are not judged according to our chromosomes. Here are some of my favourites:
“As for those who lead a righteous life, male or female, while believing, they enter Paradise; without the slightest injustice.” [4:124]
"Whoever works righteousness whether male or female, while he (or she) is a believer- We will surely cause him (or her) to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward (in the hereafter) according to the best of what they used to do" [16:97]
“And their Lord responded to them: ‘I never fail to reward any worker among you for any work you do, be you male or female - you are equal to one another.’” [3:195]
The prophet (pbuh) also teaches men that “the best of you are those who are best to their wives”
Islam teaches us that men are not superior to women. Actually, we are taught that paradise is beneath the mothers feet, that your wife completes half your religion, and that the treatment of your daughter is what opens the gates to paradise.
I have the right to be educated
I have the right to work
I have the right to drive
I have the right to own land and property
I have the right to keep my own last name
I have the right to inheritance
I have the right to speak
I have the right to to stand up for myself
I have the right to vote
I have the right to be treated as an equal, not as inferior
My rights are mine from Allah. No one will take that away from me.
My religion is my choice. My feminism is my choice. My hijab is my choice. 
Stop relating the actions of sexist men to Islam. Sexist men exist in every religion, race, and culture. Islam was the first religion to give us rights. 

*Preach.*

awaitingmyescape:

Those of you who’ve followed me for a long time know that I consider myself a Muslim feminist. 

Its funny, when I say that to people they expect me to be like “DOWN WITH ALL MEN!!!! WOMEN ARE SUPERIOR!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHA” 

But really- thats because feminists have such a bad name. The only media coverage feminists get is coverage of Femen. Now if you know me, you’ll know that I hate Femen with a passion. Femen as an organization by white feminists, for white feminists, founded by a white man. The irony in it is that this guy who founded femen actually said that he wants only “attractive women” to lead the campaign. He wanted to USE women and oversexualize them to be the representatives of a campaign for women’s rights. Ummmmmmm degradement much?

Femen feminists are the ones who want to “liberate” Muslim women, to “free” us of our hijab. Femen feminists are the ones that run onstage during fashion shows and sexually harass the models by forcing their clothes off in order to run around topless. These are the same feminists that ran into an islamic convention disrespecting islamic dresscode and interrupting a lecture to run around topless holding anti-islamic signs.

THIS. IS. NOT. FEMINISM. 

If you are a privileged white woman, and you use women of colour or lowerclass women as a stepping stone for your campaign,

YOU. ARE. NOT. A. FEMINIST. 

If you find it in you to disrespect the religion, culture, and choices of other women, 

YOU. ARE. NOT. A. FEMINIST. 

Feminism is a movement that acknowledges the rights of all women. 

Feminism wants to eliminate male privilege. We want to see women treated equally, given respect and honesty, given equal pay, having the ability to make choices over our own bodies, and being valued as more than just eyecandy.

Feminism is about rape prevention, and prevention of both physical and verbal harassment (sexual and non). Feminism is about blaming the rapist, rather than justifying the actions of the rapist by blaming the victim. 

Islamic feminism is no different- I have quoted the Quran numerous times with verses that promote gender equality and how in the sight of Allah, we are not judged according to our chromosomes. Here are some of my favourites:

The prophet (pbuh) also teaches men that “the best of you are those who are best to their wives”

Islam teaches us that men are not superior to women. Actually, we are taught that paradise is beneath the mothers feet, that your wife completes half your religion, and that the treatment of your daughter is what opens the gates to paradise.

I have the right to be educated

I have the right to work

I have the right to drive

I have the right to own land and property

I have the right to keep my own last name

I have the right to inheritance

I have the right to speak

I have the right to to stand up for myself

I have the right to vote

I have the right to be treated as an equal, not as inferior

My rights are mine from Allah. No one will take that away from me.

My religion is my choice. My feminism is my choice. My hijab is my choice. 

Stop relating the actions of sexist men to Islam. Sexist men exist in every religion, race, and culture. Islam was the first religion to give us rights. 

*Preach.*

(via feministofcolor)

inspired by collegiette-in-boston’s ‘College Board line of reasoning’ post

[This post originally appeared as part of my reblog … of teland’s reblog … of this painfully-funny, painfully-true post by collegiette-in-boston. See end-notes for more details.]

collegiette-in-boston:

College Board line of reasoning

In the U.S., yes, pretty much the entire ‘higher education’ system is a scam.  It’s (waaay) too late for me — but you, youth of tumblr! You can still opt out!

(Also why are you reading my tumblr, it’s full of things you’re not supposed to be looking at!)

A bachelor’s degree is literally almost completely useless in any other ‘developed’ nation with its own university system; in those systems, U.S. BS / BA / etc. degrees are roughly equivalent to… well, most 4-year colleges here will accept at least part of an associate’s degree as counting towards some of their own undergrad requirements, as if an AS-holder is coming in as a transfer student, so… more like a certificate program. And no, your certification in phlebotomy or medical billing is not going to ‘transfer’ if you then want to study anthropology or international business or pretty much anything else.

Or, if you really want to go into a career which actually requires a degree — and remember that lots of fields that schools offer courses and degree or sub-degree programs in, such as computer game design or criminal justice, do not require any such courses, much less degrees, from applicants for entry-level positions — do it smart.

Game the system instead of letting it game you:

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Jun 14

College Board line of reasoning

teland:

collegiette-in-boston:

College Board: Pay for this test we made to measure your aptitude for college
College Board: Oh, you want to do well on said test? Pay for materials put out by us to do it
College Board: Pay us to send your test results to colleges. We won’t even use paper; it’s electronic
College Board: Pay us to take a test that certifies mastery of college level material. Take college level classes to get into college basically. But pay us
College Board: Pay us to send a lengthy, confusing financial aid application to colleges even if you don’t get in.
Pay us more if your parents are divorced
College Board: Pay us
College Board: We’re a non profit organization

In the U.S., yes, pretty much the entire ‘higher education’ system is a scam.  It’s (waaay) too late for me — but you, youth of tumblr! You can still opt out!

[The rest of this post has been moved to its own page. Click here to read suggestions for avoiding The Insurmountable Student-Loan Burden of DOOOOM…]

guiltyhipster:

Girls get mocked for liking high heels and lipstick. Girls get mocked for liking sports. Girls get mocked for liking tea and books. Girls get mocked for liking comics books and video games. Girls get mocked for liking math and science. Girls get mocked for liking boys. Girls get mocked for liking girls. Girls get mocked for liking both. What the fuck are we supposed to like? Water? Air? Come on, tell me. I’m dying to know. 

(via maghrabiyya)

Jun 13

So someone said to me that you can never meet a good person off the Internet. I want to prove them wrong. Reblog if you’ve met someone from the Internet and they’ve turned out to be one of the best people to ever exist.

Seriously?! What rock has that person been living under? I met my now-wife teland online in 2002, we became close over the winter of 2003-2004, and we began cohabitating in 2006 after numerous short and long visits. (We were living in different U.S. states when we met.)

Te is one of the wisest and most generous people I know, in addition to being the most beautiful woman in the world. She has made me a better person both by example and by helping me to understand myself and others better — I’m on the autism spectrum, so understanding alltistic people and how to interact with them has always been a challenge for me. My life is immeasurably better for having her in it, and there is literally nothing I would trade for her: not a trillion dollars, not even world peace (and I’m a big ol’ hippie pacifist).

And I’m 40 — in case the person who somehow doubts there’s anyone to meet online than, I guess, pedophiles and law-enforcement agents pretending to be teenagers? — so it’s not a matter of having grown up with the internet for me, because the first time I had internet access I was 21, and I didn’t get regular access, either at university, at work or at home, until my late 20s.

(Source: possessivelaufeyson, via jhameia)

Jun 12

“Being a woman is kind of like being a cyclist in a city where all the cars represent men. You’re supposed to be able to share the road equally with cars, but that’s not how it works. The roads are built for cars and you spend a great deal of physical and mental energy being defensive and trying not to get hurt. Some of the cars WANT you to get hurt. They think you don’t have any place on the road at all. And if you do get hurt by a car, everyone makes excuses that it’s your fault.” — A friend of a friend (via onesmallflowerofeternity)

(via jhameia)

INTERMITTENT REMINDER FOR ALL YOU HOMOS

snarkbender:

June is LGBT Pride Month

BECAUSE

1) it commemorates the “Stonewall Riots” of June 28, 1969

AND

2) The historic Stonewall Riots were led by Trans Women of Color (Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera)

(Source: spookyfluffaloforbossofmybutt, via fromonesurvivortoanother)

Jun 09

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Jun 08

stop taking photos of people without their consent or knowledge

peechingtonmariejust:

stop posting it on social media.

stop acting like it’s a compliment or reflection of your wittiness.

stop doing it to shame embarrass or drag people.

put your fucking phone away and mind your bidness.

Totally! Next time I see an abuser assaulting their partner or child, I will not take a photo. Or the next time I witness a police officer abusing their authority, physically or otherwise, there will not be any photo or video evidence thanks to me. And I will definitely not create photo, video or audio evidence of anyone else in a position of power openly discriminating against somebody with less power. It would be terrible if anyone were embarrassed or publicly shamed (to say nothing of prosecuted) just because I had a recording device handy when they were violating somebody else’s rights.

Wait, NO, that’s a moronic oversimplification of a complex issue.

Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely against taking photos of people without their knowledge and/or consent who are themselves minding their own business and aren’t doing anything wrong. Especially if the intent is to mock the subject of the photo, but not only then. There are more situations when photos shouldn’t be taken without permission than the reverse, as many reblogs have already pointed out.

That said? The notion that a photographer has a ‘right’ as an ~artist~ to appropriate another person’s appearance without the subject’s permission, much less over their objections, is ludicrous, and only an asshole would claim any such ‘right’.

I’m a hobbyist photographer myself (and I paint, too) and I always ask for permission before taking any individual’s picture… in ordinary circumstances. What would be an extraordinary circumstance? Aside from documenting an assault and/or act of discrimination taking place?

There’s a park with a small auditorium in my neighborhood, which often hosts free performances of everything from folk-dancing to Shakespeare to metalcore punk; it’s rare that I have a chance to ask performers’ permission before a show, but even though they’re on stage in a completely public forum, I still try to get permission to publish any photos I’ve taken after the performance, and I don’t publish them otherwise. I’ve also taken photos of police working crowd control when there was potential for brutality to occur but it hadn’t yet, without first asking each cop’s permission. And I’ve taken candids of people I know, but even those I won’t put up on a website, or otherwise publish, without permission; and if asked to, I’ll even delete candids entirely, so not even I get to see it again.

But telling people to never photograph a stranger under any circumstances, no exceptions? Sorry, no.

The cure would be worse than the disease.