Feminism | Posted by Helen H on 08/20/2009
Feminism | Posted by Helen H on 08/11/2009
Marriage over here (in Jordan)—it’s been bothering me ever since I first started to understand it. This doesn’t happen with everyone, but it’s the way most religious or conservative families go about it.
So, you’re a girl, yes? And you’re at the “appropriate” age for marriage, meaning you’ve finished high school, or in most cases, are almost done with university. So, everyone you know—extended family, neighbors, friends—wants to relieve your parents of the burden you impose on them. Thoughtful, no? They go ahead and take the liberty to tell parents of prospective husbands that you’re available, with details like your age, your field of work, and whether or not you wear a headscarf. You, of course, are not aware of this, until the parents of said prospective husband …
Feminism | Posted by Helen H on 07/23/2009
From the other side of the globe
I’m fifteen, and I live all the way in Amman, Jordan. I do get a lot of, “Jordan? Is that, like, behind California?” but that’s not the point. Jordan is a Middle-Eastern country—“Wow. Do you ride camels there?”—and has a population that is predominantly Muslim.
As such, it’s not the best place to be a feminist, or a female, for that matter. Surprisingly (or not), the prospect of female empowerment is suppressed not only by religious extremism, but by pop culture.
I know, I know. That happens everywhere. But the thing is, there just doesn’t seem to be a middle-ground, per se. It’s either oppression in the name of religion, with work, and covering up, and honor killings (which I have quite a rant on), or fake empowerment–you …