Monday, March 25, 2013

Your topless photo of a nineteen year old girl, for a very good reason, of the day.

The writing says: "My body belongs to me."
Courtesy of Al Arabiya:  

A Tunisian Salafi preacher has called for a 19-year old girl who posted her topless pictures on Facebook to be “quarantined” and stoned to death before she starts “an epidemic.” 

Tunisian newspaper AssabahNews quoted Salafi preacher Alami Adel, who heads the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, saying: “According to God’s law, she deserves 80 to 100 lashes, but what she committed is worth much more than that. She deserves to be stoned to death and she must be quarantined because what she did is an epidemic.” 

“She is like someone suffering from a serious and contagious illness and she must be secluded and treated,” he added. The young Amina, who is part of a feminist movement and group called FEMEN can be seen smoking a cigarette topless with Arabic words written across her chest in black that reads in English “My body belongs to msp;

FEMEN is a Ukrainian based feminist group that gathers women together in Europe in topless protests in support of women’s rights. 

Amina has been delivered by her parents to a psychiatric hospital in Tunis, according to reports received by FEMEN leader Inna Shevchenko in Paris and reported by the U.S. based magazine the Atlantic. 

Tunisian media said that if Amina committed the offence in Tunisia, she could be punished by up to two years in prison and be given a fine between $60 and $600. 

A petition and an international day of action on April 4 to highlight the threats against Amina have been organized by activists. 

More than 10,000 people have signed the petition that called for those who threatened Amina’s life to be prosecuted.

"She is like someone suffering from a serious and contagious illness and must be secluded and treated."

Of course the "illness" she is suffering from is self respect and this preacher's fear is that if the women of his culture start to "catch it" they will stop letting themselves be repressed by assholes like him.

Much like early Christianity the Islamic religion, in its most fundamentalist form, reduces women to property and as breeding stock. But before you start lauding Christianity for being so much more progressive remember that many of it's religious leaders fought against the women's movement tooth and nail, and STILL battle sexual fredom at every opportunity.

The ONLY reason that Christianity is not as openly misogynistic as Islam is because society changed, and in order to survive it grudgingly, and slowly, changed with it.

And it will take young women like Amina up above, or Malala Yousafzai the young Pakistani girl shot in the face for openly advocating for education, to force those changes.


By the way this was Richard Dawkins response to the tactics of Femen:

I think that pretty much sums up my thoughts as well.

20 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:31 AM

    She shot herself? guns and gals OT http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/03/mississippi-state-rep-jessica-upshaw-found-dead/63470/

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  2. Anonymous4:59 AM

    Preacher Alami Adel, you are the reason for this behavior. Perhaps you are the one who should be lashed and stoned?

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  3. Anonymous5:10 AM

    Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice? Funnily enough, it's the small government hypocrites who want exactly this type of government program (ironically against Sharia Law) to legislate their morals to free Americans.

    I'm talking to the Palin's, the Santorum's, the Bachmann's, the Christine O'Donnell, Clarence Thomas and Allen West.

    This girl is so incredibly brave, but I don't give her long to live - in her homeland at least.

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  4. Anonymous5:13 AM

    What a differnce in cultures. In the US this girl would be given a reality show,her entire family would be rich and famous like the Kardasians!! Could we convince the K's to visit Tunisia on a goodwill tour, presenting their "wares"? This religious man is just the type that our Pat Robertson warns about, a man in religious garb, spouting passages from the holy book asking for money.

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  5. Beldar Fat Wah Conehead5:33 AM

    Somewhere in the middle east, there's a wizened old cleric sitting at a simple wooden desk looking at a stack of nude photos of this 19 year old woman, holding a red Sharpie over a thick pad of paper marked "fatwa" in flowing arabic script.

    "MORE PICTURES!!!", he roars to an unseen assistant cleric, "MORE!!"

    You see, this man has the grave responsibility of deciding whether she gets the minimum 80 lashes, known colloquially as 'a slap on the wrist', or the nearly fatal full 100 lashes, aka "Satan's Rake".

    Stroking his... um... beard, the task weighs heavily on this gentleman who appears to be in his mid 120s, but is only 53. The growing pile of nude photos and steam from a hot cup of sweet tea both rise above his desk as he dismisses his assistants with a dismissive (how else?) wave of the hand.

    Leaning back in his creaky chair, he holds the photos and admires the firmness of her body and the gentle curves of her breasts. "Nice tits", he thinks, piously. Nothing like the wrinkled empty old bota bags his ancient wives flop around on their chests. "Maybe it's time to retire", he sighs out loud, "get a couple young new wives, have some more children, move to that beach house in Malibu I bought with U.S. A.I.D. money in the late 90s... "

    Suddenly, he slams his open palm down on his desk and says out loud to the empty room, "Back to work!". With the Sharpie, he writes the naked woman's name and in large clear red numerals "120!", tears off the top page of the pad and slides it into the empty wire basket marked "Out". Then, he scoops up the naked photos, places them neatly in a yellow manila file folder marked "Evidence" that he slides carefully into his worn black leather satchel.

    Wearily, he walks out of his office, nods to Denise, the burka-clad new receptionist, thinking "Hmmm, I wonder what her boobs look like under there...", picks up his time card from the rack and clocks out with a loud "ca-chunk".

    "Another half day, another half dollar", he chuckles to himself, with a very slight smile under his thick beard on an otherwise stern visage as he walks out the office door into the piercing late-morning sun.

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    1. Anonymous9:29 AM

      Needs more spittle and rage, this guy's got steam whistling out of his ears.

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  6. Anonymous5:48 AM

    Too me, it seems she was raped and slit her wrists (note bandage on wrist) then just decided WTF wrote on her self took pic.
    I hope she gets out alive...

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  7. Anonymous7:24 AM

    What is sad is that some use religion as an excuse to deal with cultural issues.

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  8. Anonymous7:26 AM

    Of course Carl Sagan wants this to spread - colonialist men have always wanted to convince Muslim women to take their clothes off for them. So much "empowerment" *eyeroll*

    The cleric isn't respecting the woman... but neither are any of you respecting Muslim women and their agency.

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    1. Anonymous 7:26 AM wrote: Of course Carl Sagan wants this to spread …

      I'm skeptical—Sagan (RIP) has been dead for sixteen years. You clearly don't even know who he is, yet you attempt to trash his name.

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    2. Anonymous9:12 AM

      What? Do you even know who Carl Sagan was?

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    3. Leland9:14 AM

      Um, 7:26, what posting did YOU read? Carl Sagan? Can't you read and recognize there is just a wee bit of difference between him and Richard Dawkins? For one thing, Sagan is dead. Rather hard for him to make ANY sort of comment, let alone about "colonialist" men. WHAT colonialist men?

      The rest of your comment makes no sense either. The stupidity required to jump from saying that we are backing this woman's political activity - which SHE IS DOING BY CHOICE! - to us dissing Muslim women and their religion is just plain mind-boggling.

      What other comments I have read here concerning this are admiring this woman and her brave act and dissing the stupidity of ANY religion which drives women into complete ignorance through refusing education or allowing them the freedom to decide for themselves.

      The gist of this particular story as I read it is that this woman is protesting the fact she literally has NO say in the use of her body. She will - if that damned cleric has anything to say about it - probably be tortured then dragged into the street and murdered! What the HELL is there to DEFEND about that? And how is agreeing with her dissing her in any way?

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  9. Leland7:27 AM

    While this brave woman is trying to bring the Islamic countries kicking and screaming into the 21st century, it strikes me as rather odd that so many of the Repubes here - women included - are trying to drag the US BACKWARDS into the dark ages of female slavery and control.

    I would LOVE to hear what this lady thinks of the crap being pulled by the Extreme Right Wing Evangelicals over here. (Of course, if the Islamists have their way, this brave women will be tortured, forced into a burka then stoned - a fate that our own fanatics dream about in their heart of hearts.

    Nice people, Huh? A true religion of peace.

    But then, it's organized middle eastern religion. What else would I expect?

    Gryphen, any idea where that petition is available for signing?

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  10. Anonymous7:40 AM

    I applaud Amina. She is worthy, beautiful, amazing human being. I just want to say that Christianity is mysogynistic. Many many sects put a lot of pressure on the women in the relationship. It is the woman's fault when the man cheats. It is the woman who must raise her children and obey her husband decisions. It is the woman who tends the house, cooks, and cleans, and hold a full time job. When I got my first divorce everyone in the family and at church wanted to know what i did wrong. Women are stronger now, assert their voices, and change is happening but it is slow and in the meantime many women self esteem is hurt. I hope they get Amina out because they will kill her.

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    1. emrysa7:18 PM

      "I applaud Amina."

      me too. girls got balls.

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  11. For some reason, the Al Arabiya article has suppressed half the translation of Amina's message, which actually says, "my body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour".

    More information at http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2013/03/21/4-april-2013-international-day-to-defend-amina-she-represents-us/

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  12. Anonymous9:38 AM

    http://townhall.com/columnists/scottiehughes/2013/03/25/an-open-letter-to-sarah-palin-n1548327
    NOW she's beggining to worry that putting her faith in Sarah Palin wasn't such a great idea after all?
    Well maybe better late than never and IMHO it is a beautiful thing to watch the remaining wingnuts desert that horrid, money hungry charlatan.

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  13. Anonymous1:01 PM

    Well this took me back a bit. I mean, smoking? (But the nudity is fine.)

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  14. Anita Winecooler2:08 PM

    It's difficult for me to imagine being female and having to deal with a culture that goes way beyond the pale when it comes to this young woman's rights.

    "Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" doesn't apply to men, I suppose, and if it does, I'm sure the "punishment" is much more lenient. How does "culture" define a system like this where women are property, honor killing is "just", and half the society is denied the right to an education?

    Richard Dawkins is right.

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  15. emrysa7:00 PM

    "Amina has been delivered by her parents to a psychiatric hospital in Tunis"

    now how fucked up is that? poor girl, she needs support from her family not this shit. she is being forced to live a life dictated by some freaky religion, how terribly sad. we have to deal with some fucked up stuff in our own country, yet this is really primitive and hard to fathom from where we are. I hope one day she will be remembered as a pioneer for womens rights in her country.

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