misogyny

For hijab to be a feminist statement, Islam has to be a feminist religion.

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-www.divorceny.com

I was beginning to think that I was all alone as a conservative feminist who could see Islam for the misogynistic ideology that it is. Where oh where were all the Liberal feminist academic types to support me in my thinking? Yesterday I came across a Blog called   The Economics of Curiosity   on Tumblr. Finally, here was the voice of an academic Liberal Feminist who gets it, REALLY gets it.

For those of you who still think it is just a scarf and no big deal I invite you to read this post. Certainly a scarf seems so much better than a Burka. I put to you that a ball and chain on my ankle may be more restrictive and heavier than handcuffs on my wrists but the purpose is the same. The reason for putting them on me is exactly the same. Even if I ‘ choose ‘ to put on the handcuffs I am choosing to be restrained and if it is my religion that tells me I am worth more if I am restrained, is it really a feminist religion?

NOTE: I have made some grammatical changes to the post to make it easier to understand.

The Hijab Is Not a Feminist Statement. Get Over it.

Are you a young woman who wants to be famous and make quick money without doing much hard work?…

Do you want to be praised as an epitome of decency and divinity at the same time?

If so, then the popular rhetoric of glorifying hijab on social media is for you! You get a guaranteed job working as a spokesperson sporting victimhood for groups such as Islamist organizations like IERA or extremist ones like CAGE, plus, legendary media outlets like the Guardian will hunt you for your own exclusive video! …

All you need to do is wrap yourself in hijab, and fully divorce yourself from critical thinking and intellectual honesty…

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UPDATED: Face of the day

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Asha* and her daughter in the garden in southern India. She is determined not to give in. ARUN JANARDHAN/Indian Express

Today’s face of the day Asha* cannot show her face. She has no status in Indian society without a husband and like another case from 2008 she has been told to marry her rapist under the misogynistic, Islamic law of Sharia. * UPDATE: I assumed this, I cannot confirm that this case was tried under Islamic law like the other case mentioned in the article.

 

Three words, no rape victim ever wants to hear, have thrown a young woman in a remote part of India into turmoil.

Having tried to put the rape of 2008 behind her and to get on with raising the little girl born nine months later, 21-year-old Asha* has been troubled by memories and disturbed by the judge’s shocking suggestion: marry your rapist.

“When the judge took his pen and wrote this, did he think even once of my plight?”, she asked an Indian Express journalist in a video interview in the garden of her one-room home.

The judge in question, Justice P Devadas of the Madras High Court, has been hearing the bail appeal of V Mohan, the man convicted of raping Asha. On June 23 he agreed to the bail request on condition that Mohan try “mediation” with Asha. Mediation in a rape case is aimed at marriage.

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Take a peek inside Sydney’s Muslim Land

The original title of this article is ‘Last drinks in Lakemba.’ It is a snapshot of a former Multi-cultural suburb in Sydney that is now exclusively mono-culture.There is no assimilation here. There is no Australian culture here.Recently I posted about an Australian woman/refugee who fled a suburb just like this one and took her family to live in Tasmania to escape the racism and discrimination she and her children faced there as European Australians.

Was she exaggerating what she faced? Read the below article and decide for yourself.

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The Lakemba Hotel, Haldon St, Lakemba / Picture: Adam Taylor

THE Lakemba Hotel is one of the last Anglo holdouts in Sydney’s otherwise Middle-Eastern south-western suburb. Frankly, the old joint — it opened in 1928 — isn’t putting up much resistance. Most nights the bar is closed by 8.30pm or so, because by then what few customers it attracts are insufficient to cover running costs.
Still, it’s friendly and hospitable. Staffer Poppy helpfully showed me to my $50-a-night room, which is the only option in Lakemba for anyone seeking short-term rented accommodation.

There are no other hotels or motels. In fact, there are no other rooms besides number 15 in the hotel’s residential wing. All the others are taken by boarders, one of whom has been here for 20 years.

It isn’t exactly luxurious. The room has a sink, which is nice, but nothing else by way of amenities. There isn’t even a Gideon’s Bible. Instead, reflecting certain demographic changes in the area, there is a Ramadan eating schedule.

Lakemba may be only 30 minutes from the centre of Sydney, yet it is remarkably distinct from the rest of the city. You can walk the length of crowded Haldon St and not hear a single phrase in English. On this main shopping strip the ethnic mix seems similar to what you’d find in any Arabic city. Australia may be multicultural, but Haldon St is a monoculture.

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And now they come for our music

it seems you can’t go anywhere today without someone being outraged, they are now even being outraged about songs written years ago.

Apparently some song now ned to be expunged, not listened to because they are “rapey” and “misogynist”.

Since the explosion of female-centric websites, much has been made of the egregious misogyny found in hip-hop, from the criminally violent fantasies of Eminem, to the glamorised brutality of Kanye West. Many women writers have described the cognitive dissonance they experience over these songs.

More recently, the mindless chauvinism of dance hits have been called into question, generating appropriate outrage. The extraordinary douchiness of Redfoo, the “rapeyness” of Rick Ross and Blurred Lines – the list is as long as a model’s torso.

It might feel otherwise but this is not a sudden phenomenon. Just this month, music writer (and WOC) Lauretta Charlton wrote an article for NYMag simply titled Brown Sugar is a dirty song about slavery and sex and I love it.

But what of the supposed “nice guys” of music? The suburban lyricists your dad listens to? Surely these well-meaning folk with their lovely guitars and bass synths have a more sophisticated understanding of heteronormative sex and gender? I mean, they’re radio friendly! GUESS AGAIN, GANG!

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Will Wicked Campers marketing team run for National?

The Wicked Campers marketing team could make a good play for a senior governance position in the National party with their attitudes to women.

A photo of a Wicked Campers van with a slogan seemingly making fun of domestic violence has drawn outrage online.

Women’s Refuge posted the photo on its Facebook page this morning and it has since been shared dozens of times.

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An evening with Julia Gillard

I went to listen to Julia Gillard last night with Mum. It was enjoyable. Mum like me is a conservative but she appreciates women in positions of power and what we can learn from them. I didn’t agree with Julia’s position on ‘Affirmative action’ to get women into politics. Affirmative action whether applied to race or sex is reverse discrimination in my opinion and my Mum agrees.

My Mother heads a very large business and she built it from the ground up. She earned the respect she now commands and nothing was handed to her on a platter. We both find the idea of ‘ giving ‘ women a quota disrespectful to women’s abilities. As far as I know Julia Gillard got to the top job on merit yet she doesn’t expect other women to achieve what she achieved in the same way.To be fair I think her real problem was the number of women currently in Politics. She reasoned that if only a few are in it then that reduces the chances of a leader being a woman. Sure it does but it also ensures that when women like her and Helen Clark do make the top job,they will be more than equipped to handle it. As she said last night, Politics is an adversarial environment. Julia made it very clear that she did not think as some women do, that more women in Politics would make the environment more consensual. She believes that you should fight passionately for what you believe in and she makes no apology for doing that.

That aside, Julia had plenty of pertinent things to share with the audience and some of it was very relevant to why I am so excited about Freed.

She pointed out how the Media in Australia had become Protagonists in Politics instead of interested observers reporting on the action. Julia herself described some of the ways in which she was attacked in the media and media campaigns against her.

During the evening Julia’s world famous Misogyny speech  was discussed so I just had to watch it today. It was a very well structured and argued speech. Her experience as a lawyer was obvious as she used evidence to build her case with skill. I appreciate a good speech or debate because I understand the techniques used to make it good and the skill required to deliver it effectively. When I was at primary school we had a speech competition every year at every level. My brother made his first speech at only 5 years old. I was 9 when I started at that school and I took part every year until I was 12 and won every competition. At High School I won every year bar one when I came second to a guy called Grant who went on to become a lawyer.

 

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Misogyny strong at the top of Micrsosoft

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella says women don’t need to ask for a raise. They should just trust the system – one that, in technology companies, is overwhelmingly male.

Nadella spoke at an event for women in computing held in Phoenix this week. He was asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise.

“It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” he answered. Not asking for a raise, he added, is “good karma” that would help a boss realise that the employee could be trusted and should have more responsibility.

Un-believable that a major corporate CEO could be that dense.   Of course you ask for a raise!  And when you don’t get it, and you feel you are undervalued in the market, you change companies.

What sort of slave-mentality is it to sit there quietly and hope you’ll get noticed?

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I am sure Laila Harre loves the idea of Kim Dotcom joking about killing hookers

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Internet Party “visionary” jokes about killing prostitutes.

Would love to hear Laila Harre and Pam Corkery’s positions on this.  Go INTERNET PARTY!

Here’s a thought:  What’s worse?  That John Key allegedly knew about Kim Dotcom before the raid or joking about killing hookers.

Former colleagues on Brash: NZ dodged a bullet

Deborah Coddington attempts to destroy what is left of the political zombie corpse that is Don Brash

New Zealand dodged a bullet in terms of its prime minister when National lost the election under Don Brash.

When Kim Hill interviewed him last Saturday about his self-published autobiography, Luck, he said that in 1840 Maori were “a stone-age people” and “all cultures are not of equal value”.

But he frequently disdains tangata whenua culture as “animism”.

Now I’ve formed the opinion, from his statements and writings, that behind that mask of politeness which prompted one reviewer to call him a “likeable duffer”, he’s also supremely chauvinistic. Brash’s dismissal of women is breathtakingly arrogant.

I don’t just refer to his philandering – many people have affairs but grown-ups take responsibility. Brash blames his infidelity on “the male biological urge”. Not his fault then.

There’s also a certain decorum one should adopt when it comes to former lovers: Don’t talk about it in public. In short, shut up. Brash didn’t have to publish what he calls “the salacious bits”.

That he did is appalling bad manners, and I suspect he enjoys a kind of “Aren’t I naughty?” frisson from telling us about his sex life. Little wonder, as he himself says, he has few friends.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Brash is somewhere along the autism spectrum.  His talents with numbers are undeniable.  The destruction of people he has left in his wake on the other hand is an omnishambles.   Read more »

What do we want?