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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Issue explosion

If there's anything that pisses me off, it's the attempts of those with power to practice thought control on those beneath them- it makes me feel like I'm living a chapter out of an Orwellian novel.


I mean, regardless of whether you are for or against a certain issue, IT STILL EXISTS. You should have the right to think about it, discuss it and debate it. Fact of life- CLOSING YOUR EYES WILL NOT MAKE IT DISAPPEAR. It will not make it any better either. Or any worse. Actually, maybe worse. Depending on how you look at it.

Point is, God gave us brains, let us use them, alright?

Banning "The Da Vinci Code" will not magically make the book and the theories behind it disappear, it will only make people more anxious to see what the fuss is all about. Pulling out a magazine off shelves because it has an article dealing with LGBT issues does not make the fact that we have homosexuals in the Arab world disappear either. And worst yet, condemning female sexuality does not mean that it does not exist (this post by Amino, entitled "Sexuality and Sex and the Arabic Taboo", is one of my very favorite posts, make sure you read it).

Hello Arabia! Wake up and smell the coffee.

Thinking about such issues makes me laugh at our hypocritical tendencies- they are amazing, aren't they? Most magazine stands around the country stock Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Vogue, and many other Western magazines that elaborately discuss issues pertaining to sexuality. Yet, when a local magazine starts to discuss these issues on a local scope, the drama kings have a piss fit. It's like- oh, my, don't you even dare to think that we have the issues that have resulted in the fall of infidel West, oh, no, no, no. Don't discuss it either, discussing it will make it come true! Shut up! Don't talk about it! Shut up! You're making it come true!

Yeee 3aleina 3ad!

The silver lining? I am so happy to see that we have such fantastic women in Jordan, whether I am talking about the women over at Viva who chose to publish the articles, or our very own bloggerettes who gave a piece of their mind.

Quoting Lina, and completely agreeing with her a hundred percent, "To me, this isn't about this particular magazine or about Gay and Lesbian rights, it's about respecting people's right to know, and people's right to decide for themselves. When will the custody over our minds end?? It's very naive to think that you can completely block certain issues from being exposed and pull a blanket over our eyes!"

Don't let them pull the blankets over your head. Read the articles here.

Jordanian bloggerettes take on this:
Khalidah Mufleh
Hala Khalaf
Natasha Tynes
Lina Ejeilat


Miriam Asnes

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