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.
France Nuyen will be turning 75 on July 31st. I couldn’t wait that long to make this post.
Born in Marseilles in 1931 to a French-Rromani mother and Vietnamese father, Nuyen was sent to live with a cousin during the occupation of France to shield her from Nazi persecution of her mother and maternal grandfather. She was ‘discovered’ by a Life photographer, and at the age of 16 appeared on the magazine’s cover. The following year, 1956, she emigrated to the U.S. to pursue an acting career; South Pacific was her first film role. She has gone on to appear in over a dozen films and made guest appearances on more than a hundred television shows, in between roles as recurring characters or main cast on the series I Spy (1966-67); St. Elsewhere (1986-88); and Knots Landing (1990). After those last two TV roles — and a handful of film and one-off TV appearances — in the late 80s, she might have been expected to stop acting, or at least taking roles less frequently. Why?
In 1986, Nuyen earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology and began a second career as a psychological counselor for abused women and children, and women in prison. She received a Woman of the Year award in 1989 for her psychological work.
While continuing to answer her calling for counseling, she still found time for almost a dozen more film and TV roles in the 90s… and she may not have entirely retired yet, as her most recent film came out in 2008.
All that and she’s still freaking gorgeous. Happy Pre-emptive Birthday, Ms. Nuyen! Je te souhaite plein de bonheur en cette journée spéciale.
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In response to Sam ‘Fortafy’ Ratumaitavuki’s unkind comments regarding overweight Islander dancers and representation, please enjoy some of fuller figured island brothers and sisters representing their culture to the fullest (and looking fabulous while doing it) !
(Since the links above are dead, and larim-mi’s journal is either locked down or deleted, here’s a link to a photo of the Maori rapper who goes by “Fortafy”, birth name Sam Ratumaitavuki, with an inset showing the comment he made. Linked-to only so as not to trigger people with fatphobic vitriol after these lovely photos!)
I made shepherd’s pie for dinner
Why does your shepherd’s pie look so beautiful?</salivation>
And what is in it, it looks like there are herbs or something in the potato layer? I love playing with the basic recipe; last time we made shepherd’s pie it was ‘Louisiana’-style, with Cajun-seasoned meat and okra for the veg.
(Just don’t tell me if you put corn in yours. I have issues with finding corn in unexpected foods.)
[image description: a photo (or screencap) of King Peggielene Bartels of Otuam, Ghana. She is a robust, broad-shouldered, plump Black woman with a medium-brown complexion and short, tightly-curled, reddish-brown hair. In the photo, she is wearing kohl-style eyeliner, dark lipliner, deep-pink lipstick, and possibly other makeup; she has on a modest golden crown and two long, thick necklaces, one gold-tone in various shapes and textures and the other alternating golden-yellow “trade”-type beads with black-and-white-striped beads, but does not appear to have pierced earlobes; and she is wearing a traditional Ghanaian garment, made of traditional West-African woven fabric in geometric patterns of green, fuchsia and white, which is wrapped so as to cover her left shoulder but leave the right bare; there is also what seems to be a strap crossing her chest from her right shoulder downward, made of some reddish material with adornments in golden-yellow and goldtone circles. And, she appears to be either smiling, in mid-word, or both, and is turned slightly towards and looking at someone or something out-of-frame to her left.]
(76# Ghana) King Peggielene Bartels: Why she kicks ass
“To be a king in an African village or some places like this, it’s not like European queens where everything is on a silver platter for them … I have to really work hard to help my people. I have to give myself to people to better their lives..”
- She is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana and one of only three female kings in Ghana. She has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, providing the village with its first ambulance, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.
- When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”
- For 11 months out of the year she’s regular Peggy, secretary for the Ghanian Ambassador. She works, keeps in touch with her advisors via phone every night, saves her money and accumulates her vacation time into one month-long period — where she then takes off to Ghana to fulfill her duties in-person.
- When she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’”
- King Penny’s tale has been documented in a book written by her and author Eleanor Herman and is to be made into a film after Hollywood star Will Smith bought the rights to the book.
I love the phrase “only three female kings in Ghana.”
For those not familiar with Ghana, it’s a West-African country with the Atlantic Ocean as its southern border, approximately 240,000 square kilometers in area (roughly intermediate in size between the Philippines and the Hunan Province of China; roughly equivalent to the size of the UK, plus or minus Northern Ireland; intermediate in size between the U.S. states of Michigan and Minnesota) and with a population of approximately 24 million people (about as many as live in the four major countries of Scandinavia — Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden — taken together; right between the populations of Afghanistan and Yemen, or of the Chinese autonomous region of Inner Mongolia and the Chinese city of Shanghai; and a million-odd fewer than live in the U.S. state of Texas). Most of those places listed in the above parentheticals for comparison, of course, don’t have even one male king (or a queen, or any royalty for that matter).
And Ghana has only three female kings…
Also, where is that film, Will? I want to see it! (Not nearly just because Queen Latifah will be playing King Peggy, BUT. Mmmm.)
[Trigger Warning: Dead Baby Animals] PETA’s secret slaughter of companion animals
1. A pile of garbage bags, mostly black with a few white or transparent, in what appears to be a commercial Dumpster-type waste receptacle with rusty-crusty metal walls and floor. The context implies the bags are full of the corpses of companion animals, but the bags’ contents are not visually discernible.
2. In a field, on a sunny day, a human wearing a white “clean suit” and some sort of rebreather-type mask is holding a dead puppy by its hind legs at arm’s length over a black garbage bag. Someone out-of-frame except for part of their nitrile-displosable-glove-clad left hand is pointing down at the open garbage bag. (The other human is wearing what appear to be latex disposable gloves, as they are off-white, whereas the out-of-view human’s glove is purple, a color typically used for nitrile gloves so they’re readily distinguishable from latex ones for latex-allergy reasons.) Several vehicles are parked in the background, at least one of which has a blue law-enforcement light (turned off) on its roof.
3. A hard-plastic pet carrier, large enough to hold a medium-sized dog or two adult cats who like one another, is situated on some sort of metal grating. The carrier’s metal-grate door is open, and a tabby-striped kitten, appearing roughly three to five months old, is lying on its side on the floor of the carrier, its tail towards the viewer. The kitten is wearing what appears to be a paper identification collar, similar to hospital wrist-IDs for human patients. From its unnatural position and stiffness, and the peculiar way its fur is mussed, it is clear that the kitten is dead… or possibly “merely” comatose.
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I reblogged this as text because the great big triggery photos show up before the trigger warning, otherwise. Those who want to see the photos, click through here (or click any of the next four links).
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals — indeed their “ethical treatment.” Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA’s front door every year and very few make it out alive. The vast majority — 96 percent in 2011 — exit the facility out the back door after they have been killed, when Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains. Between these visits, the bodies are stored in the giant walk-in freezer PETA installed for this very purpose. It is a freezer that cost $9,370 and, like the company which incinerates the bodies of PETA’s victims, was paid for with the donations of animal lovers who could never have imagined that the money they donated to help animals would be used to end their lives instead. In fact, in the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other domestic animals.
Source: The Huffington Post
[image description: A close-up of f2fag's boxer shorts, which are black and emblazoned with numerous Batman logos, taken by f2fag. The fly is unbuttoned, exposing the glans and some of the shaft of his cock, as well as part of his lips where they meet the underside of the shaft.]
Damn, I want those boxers and that cock. (Yes, Te, I have Batman boxers of my own, but they’re different.) Mmm, mmm, mmmm.
[image description: a plate of miniature jelly doughnuts, red jam leaking from each’s fill-hole, and each dusted modestly with powdered sugar across their tops only.]
OMG I want some oliebollen now. Want them so bad.
And despite what the About.com writer says, the apple ones are the best.
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photograph of a manatee, bending over backwards in the water and looking at the photographer with its right eye. TEXT: “Things are tough for you right now, I know. But it will get better. It won’t always be this hard. Take things one step at a time. Everything is going to turn out great. You’ll see.”]
[image description: A deep-space telescope image, showing, at the bottom of the image, a cavernous nebula with stars visible inside; the upper half of the image, “above” the nebula from our perspective, contains several very large and very bright stars, surrounded by increasingly smaller and less bright stars, against a backdrop of deep black peppered with the lights of still-smaller and more-distant stars.]
This was NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day on the 18th of November 2012. The text of NASA’s write-up accompanying the image:
NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars
Image Credit: NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (IAA, Spain)
Explanation: How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, nearly making it the record holder. This star is the brightest object located just above the gas front in the above image. Close inspection of images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, however, has shown that Pismis 24-1 derives its brilliant luminosity not from a single star but from three at least. Component stars would still remain near 100 solar masses, making them among the more massive stars currently on record. Toward the bottom of the image, stars are still forming in the associated emission nebula NGC 6357. Appearing perhaps like a Gothic cathedral, energetic stars near the center appear to be breaking out and illuminating a spectacular cocoon.
ESA is the European Space Agency, a multinational cooperative that has increasingly stepped in to pick up the slack as the U.S. guts NASA’s budget.
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