Posts Tagged ‘Muslim women’

Muslim Girl Problems

My current obsession is the Twitter site www.twitter.com/MslimGrlProblem.

Some samples of her tweets:

love when a muslim grl announces her engagement to nonmuslim friends & they say”we didnt know u were dating someone!” #thatsbcwemet4daysago

my cousin got yelled at by her parents because she does not know how to iron and cook properly #shesaneurosurgeon

We all remember the day when someone told us we shouldn’t eat Lucky Charms and marshmallows bc there is pig in it. #wehatethatperson

I know there are people who aren’t happy with her observations or don’t think she’s funny, but I think she speaks to the majority of Muslims.

There are certain issues that come along with being a Muslim, and it’s fun to read someone else reflect on them in a “I totally know what you mean” way.

I’ve read plenty of literature written by Muslims, and my issue with these books has always been that I can’t relate to the experience that they’re putting across. Muslims tend to gloss over any realities of growing up with Islam and sugarcoat it for a non-Muslim audience. Read the rest of this entry →

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07 2011

A Woman is a Woman’s Worst Enemy

If you’re a fan of “Mad Men,” then you’ll know this past week illustrated the early struggles of feminism. Joan, part of the old guard of working women from the ‘40s and ‘50s, finds that the young men in the office don’t respond to her va-va-voom style the same way that the older generation did. She goes about her old, more subtle way of punishing a young employee who is disrespectful to her, but the results aren’t materializing. Peggy, the 20-something face of the ‘60s workplace, takes matters into her own hands and fires the employee. Both get the results they want, but Joan isn’t too happy that she needed to be “rescued” by this new generation and Peggy is confused as to why her way of doing things aren’t satisfying to her older counterpart.

I see the same scenario play out in masjids all the time. There’s a struggle between the old guard of Muslim women and the new generation. One issue that is constantly coming up is the idea of a partition between the men and women’s sections of prayer. Despite which side you’re on in this argument, it’s a contentious one. Neither side wants to compromise, and both think they’re right.  The sides are usually split between older women – who think it’s right to have a partition – and a younger group, who don’t want to be separated from the goings-on at the mosque.

The same idea comes up with the discussion of hijab. I can say from my own experience, and from what I’ve heard from many friends, that most of the people who’ve objected to us covering our hair are Muslims. I’ve had maybe one or two confrontations with non-Muslims who have issues with hijab, but most of the objections I’ve heard are from Muslim women. There are those who think I’m limiting myself and representing Islam as repressive. On the other end, there are those who think I should do more to cover my body.

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09 2010