miércoles, octubre 29

Cavilaciones de una mujer alterada

La vanidad sirve de algo. Últimamente he puesto más esmero en mi arreglo personal (hasta me pongo rubor) porque me da la gana (hormonas seguramente) y antier, andando a la carrera, vi que me faltaba algo. Si, no me habia puesto rímel. Entonces, estando yo apunto de irme a la escuela, regresé a la parafernalia que llamo mi habitación, a la bolsa que había usado el sábado pasado, por el famoso artículo de "belleza" y sorpresa, ahi estaba estaba también mi cartera. Así que si mi percepción hubiera sido errónea y si me hubiera gustado mi imagen sin rímel, hubiera olvidado mi cartera en casa. Pero en fin, el hubiera no existe.
Se me ocurrió.

It's not an easy job

También hay mujeres musulmanas luchando por sus derechos. Por que el problema no es la religión, el problema es que por siglos ha sido usada por los estratos mas poderosos de la sociedad para manipular y como medio para conseguir dinero y poder. ¿Y quienes creen que son las que han sido manipuladas?

RAFIAH AL-TALEI, journalist, Oman
Oman is relatively liberal, women are free to choose what to wear, and can choose their jobs and education. And the law does not require us to wear any particular form of clothing. But there are strong social and cultural factors - coming from the fact that we are in Arabia - that limit women.

As a journalist, it has not been hard for me to work among men, but it has been hard for some of my colleagues whose families told them this was not "appropriate" work for them.

The biggest difficulties are the social and cultural factors, and some aspects of law. For example, women who marry a foreigner cannot pass on their nationality to their children, whereas men in that situation can.

NORANI OTHMAN, Scholar-activist, Malaysia

Feminists in general have to face up to political and cultural obstacles, to achieve our objectives of women's rights. Even Western feminists have had a similar history - having to engage with certain religious beliefs not conducive to gender equality.

Perhaps the only distinctive difference peculiar to Muslim feminists is that we are caught in the cross-currents of modernisation and a changing society, due to a modern economy on the one hand and the global resurgence of political Islam on the other.

Political Islam wants to impose a world view about the gender order that is not consistent with the realities and the lived experiences of Muslim men and women in contemporary society.

SITI MUSDAH MULIA, Academic, Indonesia

In my experience, I find that it is very difficult to make Indonesian Muslim women aware that politics is their right.

In Indonesian society, politics is always conceived as cruel and dirty, so not many women want to get involved, they think it is just for men.

We try to make women understand that politics is one of our duties and rights and they can become involved without losing their femininity.

Personally, I'm non-partisan, I'm not linked to one political party because, in Indonesia, the political parties often discriminate against women.

I struggle from outside the political sphere to make it women-friendly, to reform political parties and the political system.

In Indonesia, some groups support us, but some radical groups oppose what we are trying to achieve. They accuse me, accuse feminist Muslims, of being infidels, of wanting to damage Islamic affairs.

According to their Islamic understanding, women should be confined to the home, and the domestic sphere alone.

AMINA WADUD, Academic, United States

We have a lot of information about men's interpretations of Islam, and of what it means to be a woman in Islam. We don't have equal amounts of information about what women say it means to be a good woman in Islam.

Now it's time for men to be active listeners, and after listening, to be active participants in bringing about reform.

There is a tendency to say that it is Islam that prohibits women from driving a car, for example, when women drive cars all over the world except in one country. So then you know it is not Islam. Islam has much more flexibility, but patriarchy tends to have the same objective, and that is to limit our ability to understand ourselves as Muslims.

I have always defined myself as pro-faith and pro-feminism.

I do not wish to sacrifice my faith for anybody's conception of feminism, nor do I sacrifice the struggle and actions for full equality of women, Muslim and non-Muslim women, for any religion. Islamic feminism is not an either/or, you can be Muslim and feminist and strive for women's rights and not call yourself a feminist.

FATIMA KHAFAJI, Consultant, Egypt

They have their own idea of women's rights in Islam - that is, patriarchal, still limiting opportunities for women. But women have been receiving this concept for ages, through the radio, TV, mosques, so the challenge is how to give them another view, of enlightened Islam, that talks about changing gender roles. It's not an easy job.

With family law, we're aiming to change the philosophy of the law itself. Traditional family law puts women down. I can see this whole notion of "women do not have control over their bodies" in so many laws, in the penal code and family law. For example, sexual harassment is happening because men think the control of women's bodies is a matter for them. Even the decision whether to have children is the decision of men. This whole notion has to be changed in a dramatic way if we are really going to talk about women's rights in Egypt.

viernes, octubre 24

Heart Attack


"El abate comunicó sus ideas a su discípula y le contagio su audacia y su facilidad de juicio, cualidades que si son necesarias a un hombre, se convierten en defectos en una mujer destinada a las humildes ocupaciones de la madre de familia."

"Como todas las jóvenes sacadas de la senda por donde deben caminar las mujeres, Nais había juzgado el matrimonio. Le preocupaba muy poco y sentía repugnancia ante la idea de someter su inteligencia y su persona a los hombres sin valor y sin grandeza personal que ella había podido encontrar, y quería mandar, debiendo en realidad obedecer"

Sí, como no.

- "Ilusiones perdidas"
Honore de Balzac.