Today’s Scheduled Bitch Rant
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!