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Today’s Scheduled Bitch Rant

November 8, 2006
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Okay, so today’s bitching has been a bit subdued by election excitement. Not only have Democrats taken control of the house after a 12 year Republican run, but as of right now, the senate is tied with what will most likely become another recount election in which the outcome won’t be decided for months. Still, the end result will be a tied Senate or a Democrat majority. There has even been news today of new election job offer, but I’m just throwing that in for you sports buffs.

Still, after all of that what I find most exciting is that the House Speaker is not only a Democrat, but the house speaker is a SHE! Yes, that’s right, people – it’s a girl! Meet Nancy Pelosi. Not only is Nancy Pelosi the first female speaker, but she it is now the highest held ranking of a female in office. She is two heartbeats away from the Presidency.

I know, I know, so many of you that read this blog are from outside of the United States and are saying “yeah, so what, many third world countries are ahead of ya”. Yes, I know. I even know that Pakistan had a woman Prime Minister and that there are a few Muslim countries that have or had women in powerful positions.

Wherever we are, we have our issues. Abuse of women is not just a “cultural” or “ethnic” trait, it’s common in every society in every class. As women we have common issues world-wide. Today, though, we are experiencing a baby step for women here in the United States and I’m excited!

Still, I’m going to bring to your attention something that has me both laughing and a bit offended. Maybe I’m being petty, maybe not. Still I’m going to have some fun with this.

Now, as a Muslim, I was so happy to see this over at Ali’s site:

I clicked on the link to see what I should do and noticed the categories:

BEST BLOG: This category honors the most indispensable, muslim-authored blog there is. Period.

BEST NON-MUSLIM BLOG: Which blog writen by a non-Muslim is most respectful of Islam and seeks genuine dialogue with Muslims?

BEST DESIGN: Which blog has the most aesthetically pleasing site design, appealing to the eye, evoking Islamic themes, and/or facilitating debate and discussion?

BEST POST OR SERIES: Which single post or group of posts in the Islamsphere was the most original and important, above all the others?

BEST IJTIHAD: What blog post provided the best rebuttal to arguments of extremist ideology, and in so doing expose how those who commit evil in the name of Islam are actually profaning the faith?

BEST FEMALE BLOG: The woman’s voice in Islam is equal to the man’s, and in the Islamsphere we seek to make sure the female perspective is highlighted and given its rightful due. Which muslim woman’s blog has done the most to explore the role that women play within Islam and society?

BEST THINKER: Who is the most stimulating, insightful, and philosophically wise among us? This category is intended to highlight a blogger who may not post daily, but when they do post, they really make an impact.

MOST DESERVING OF WIDER RECOGNITION: Which blog is a true diamond in the rough, one that everyone should be reading but who most just haven’t heard of (yet)?

BEST GROUP BLOG: Which multiple group blog in the Islamsphere has the best diversity of writers and the most interesting debate on Muslim issues?

BEST MIDDLE-EAST/ASIAN BLOGGER: The Islamsphere is truly a global phenomenon. In Iraq, despite the chaos and uncertainty, there is a sea change of free speech and expression, the vanguard of which are blogs. There are also bloggers in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestine, Jordan, and most other countries that host Muslims, all of whom have their own perspectives on faith, culture, and politics.
Now, I have some thinking to do before I make my nominations as I am pretty new to this blogging thing (if you have any blogs that you’d like to call attention to, please send an e-mail or you can just paste a link within a comment), but that’s not what this is about. Can anyone guess what I’m going to complain about?

Don’t want to play, huh? Okay, I’ll just tell ya.

Well, what struck a nerve was “Best female blog”. I don’t see best male blog or best teen blog or best gay Muslim blog. Why is there a best female blog category? 

Okay, I’m being a little silly with this whole thing, but the whole “Best Female Blog” feels a bit like chivalry to me and you can ask my husband even 17 years ago he would get upset that I wouldn’t wait for him to open my door (although today, he says “what are you waiting for, open the door”).

My point is that it is a bit more than what a Muslim woman has to say about the role of women in Islam. I’ve seen many men stand up for women’s rights and take on some feminist issues and talk about the women’s role in Islam, so why should the category be called best female blog and the only candidates be women?

I think the category should be renamed.

Anyway, I think I’m going to nominate a male to this category.

Oh yeah – go nominate people!

21 Comments leave one →
  1. theylion permalink
    November 8, 2006 9:23 pm

    excellent– i didn’t know pelosi was the first female speaker, that is a big deal. along with beating back the attack on reproductive rights in south dakota, a good night for women’s lib. and thanks to bernie sanders’ victory, we now have our first out socialist in the senate. (not sure if that’s first ever, but seems significant either way.)wooo hooo!

  2. dezhen permalink
    November 8, 2006 9:36 pm

    Yeah, that always makes me thing… both Indonesia/Malaysia and Pakistan have had females in high level political positions for ages, so why is the US only catching up now?

    even 17 years ago he would get upset that I wouldn’t wait for him to open my door (although today, he says “what are you waiting for, open the door”).

    I empathise with your husband… I am now like him too, but we have only been married here for 2yrs. I call it the stress of marriage (don’t want to admit I am being retrained).😛

  3. saqi permalink
    November 8, 2006 9:41 pm

    >> Anyway, I think I’m going to nominate a male to this category.

    I agree. That would be a good way to get your point accross.

  4. November 9, 2006 12:36 am

    We thought of pulling the Best Female Blog category last year, when women’s blogs swept the other Best categories. However, a straw poll of participants thought it would be a bad idea, so it stayed.

  5. November 9, 2006 12:37 am

    theylion, they even rejected a ban on gay marriages in arizona (first ever state to do so) and Missouri passed a measure to back stem cell research. not just a woman’s lib day.

    The message was sent, let’s see if republicans reform. I didn’t know about the socialist – thanks for pointing that out.

    dezhen – I gotta say, though, I think I’m actually the one that got retrained – lol. In our situation the typical gender roles work, it’s the only way our relationship could work with all the hours he works. Family businesses aren’t always predictable.

    Saqi – hey – we could all colaborate and pick a spoiler like they did for “American Idol” control the winner from the background.

  6. November 9, 2006 12:45 am

    Shahed – thanks for the comment. I’m mostly goofing around here.

    I was mostly freaked out when I saw “best female blog” without reading the description and still have an issue with the whole female only thing.

    I do understand that there are some definate gender issues within out community, still there are some men out there that do as much for that as the women do.

  7. November 9, 2006 2:37 am

    If they had a best woman rant blog, I would nominate you🙂 hehe

    Ya Haqq!

  8. November 9, 2006 7:56 am

    Yeah, this would annoy me too. It seems as if nowadays lip service is paid to women’s rights, as if saying: “yeah, we recognise women’s rights, women and men are equal” means that women really do have the same rights as men (when very often they do not). In Australia, recently, some people have said that migrants should sign a contract saying that they uphold “Australian Values”. Someone asked: “What are Australian Values?” and one of the stated values was “gender equality”. So why, in Australia, was it acceptable for me to lose my job with no compensation when I had a baby? I’m happy staying at home with him. I am not so happy that I was given no choice in the matter.

  9. November 9, 2006 10:10 am

    Best Female Blog pales in comparison to the antiquated Best Middle Eastern/Asian blog. Why reinforce the stereotype about Islam as a Middle Eastern/Asian religion if as the description of the award is to recognize the truly global nature of the ummah?

    Aren’t there Muslim bloggers in Africa and Latin America or do the only ones that matter to the selectors in the west, Middle East, and Asia?

  10. November 9, 2006 11:48 am

    fantastique. i thought that same thing when i saw the categories, if men and women are equal why do you need to give the women a “special” category? hmmm

  11. November 9, 2006 3:16 pm

    Sometime we men try to do what seems right to us, but accidentally create offence. Then we go off and have a beer with our mates and say “I will never understand women!” That does not apply to the Australian Prime Minister, who made the comments referred to by Helen. John Howard is the most platitudinous hypocrite I have have ever seen in politics!

  12. November 9, 2006 4:48 pm

    Irving – what are you telling me? Are you saying if it was just “Best Rant” blog that you would have a better candidate. I have to get to working on that.

    Helen, I know what you mean. I lost my job after I became pregnant with my first child. We do have laws against that here in the US, but if you wanted to sue the company and the state pay for it, that company has to have more than 15 employees. It would have cost too much to pursue a court case. Although, I didn’t let my boss know that and said that my family was going to sue. I still lost my job, but he set me up with a token home business editing court transcripts for his girlfriend.

    Muslim Apple – yeah, that one is a little goofy as well, but looking over some of the stuff that is coming out of let’s use “India” as an example, maybe a reward system isn’t too bad for those bloggers. Yeah, I still got a beef about that guy and his meat comments.

    somthingtobe – welcome! First I laughed and then I thought that and laughed some more. It should just be “best female rights blog”

    archiearchive – lol, to tell you the truth, I don’t get women myself. Heck, I don’t get myself at times.

    On a seperate note – I remember Denmark was going to start using some unconventional methods for citizenship, like watching the reaction of people as they watch gay men kissing and things like that, I don’t remember if they actually implemented it.

  13. vacougar permalink
    November 9, 2006 11:48 pm

    I guess you were totally wrong about there being a recount and the outcome taking months to decide.

    “Not only have Democrats taken control of the house after a 12 year Republican run, but as of right now, the senate is tied with what will most likely become another recount election in which the outcome won’t be decided for months.”

    WRONG! No recount, outcome has been decided. You were so dead wrong!

  14. November 10, 2006 12:27 am

    And aren’t we glad she was wrong. The democrats control the House and Senate. Now, lets see them get off their lazy butts and actually DO something.

    “archiearchive – lol, to tell you the truth, I don’t get women myself. Heck, I don’t get myself at times.” (Samaha)

    You think you don’t understand women now, just wait until you hit menopause, honey. (Heh Heh)

  15. November 10, 2006 12:32 pm

    I hate chivilrous men!

  16. November 10, 2006 12:41 pm

    Yeah, I was wrong. Oops my bad. WordPress has been messing with my posts and this time when I pasted the copy of what wordpress ate it dropped all my links. I only went back and linked to one article and one blog. I reported what I read through articles and without doing some major search this is one of those articles:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eln_election_rdp

    However you are correct, I needed an update and here it is: …..

    ~doing a little dance~

    Wooooooo Hoooooooo we’ve made our message clear – Dems control the senate and the house – We want change!

    healingmagichands – thank you and yes, lets see them do something! I’ve haven’t put much thought to menopause, was even looking forward to it, now you have me scared! hee hee

  17. November 10, 2006 12:47 pm

    Hello suroor – guess we were here at the same time!

  18. December 13, 2006 8:09 pm

    I have written a series that is attempting to explain to the Christian majority of how they trample over other faiths during the holidays. I would love to have input on this from Muslims as they are a part of the fabric of this country. I shall understand also if anyone is fearful to comment as I am also sadly aware of the power a majority holds.

  19. December 13, 2006 8:22 pm

    reverend gisher,

    thank you for your comment, I will take a look at your series.

    you may want to consider posting to http://www.eteraz.org – you can register and make a diary entry.

  20. January 3, 2007 3:59 am

    there is no Allah! Mohammed wasn’t a prophet! Allah sucks! Mohammed fucks (camels!).

  21. January 3, 2007 4:31 pm

    Raven

    Welcome to my blog, but next time could you please talk about your wife and child on your own blog – maybe stay on subject at mine?

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