Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Arguments no more?

4 Comments:

Blogger Abdusalaam said...

Haha!! so true.

July 13, 2004 3:52 PM  
Blogger Leila M. said...

horrible picture!

However, I *think* know where you're coming from in terms of the Sex and the Ummah column. I may be wrong, but I will state why I, though I still read it and peruse MWU often, had some irritation at the column and several articles in the past.

Some assumed my problem was that it was about SEX. Even when my criticisms were specific, their perception was that I must, therefore, have a problem with sexual subject matter, and am therefore some sort of prudish tightass. Spurious thinking, to say the least.

The main problem I have had with the Sex and the Ummah column are these: formulaic writing in every one of the fiction bits, gratuitous useage of language in order to evince a "shock response" from the reader instead of what I (personal opinion) would consider tasteful useage of those very same words.

In addition, I've found the feminism to be muddled, not seeing how it is empowering for a female to objectify a male the same way many males objectify females. Obviously feminism isn't any one thing, but it came across to me as having the flavor of some aspects of early 70s feminism, which was in niche feminism geared quite often towards the middle class, white, western, protestant woman. Even as recently as a few years ago, women's studies programs have been protested due to their lack of inclusiveness and narrow vision which oftentimes sets the brunt of women's oppression solely on the male, and with the notion that for a woman to be on an equitable standing, she must then assume the role of the traditional male to do so. Domestic feminism and male-role feminism both work poorly, in my opinion.

The topics are generally good in terms of some muslims who may have sexual issues and for some odd reason think sex is shameful and dirty (it sounds more like a strange adoption, as I've rarely come across other Muslims who truly think this way, both conservative and progressive.)

The "eat what we say, otherwise you are THIS and then must go and read THIS SITE or THIS SITE" approach I occasionally see on MWU is a disappointing way to react to criticism. Most of the time, critique is taken well, but occasionally this reaction looms its head; which is both illogical as well as oversensitive.

Am I a progressive? Conservative? A Stuffed Grape Leaf or Quarter Pounder? Honestly, in the end, who cares.

July 18, 2004 2:40 AM  
Blogger qawukzi said...

Scorpion, you sound interesting. Though I am not sure exacty what you mean. You have a blog or somewhere you write?

July 18, 2004 2:45 PM  
Blogger Leila M. said...

Blogger comments stink, don't they-- I prefer halscan, so people have an option to link back to their site or e-mail. http://sister-scorpion.blogspot.com is my nook... not nearly as well-written as yours, though

July 20, 2004 6:42 PM  

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