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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

MISOGYNY

I'm sure you all know about Amina Lawal, the Nigerian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for the dubious crime of adultery. Her story popped up on MSN right before I logged off from work, and when I got back, it was gone and replaced by something about the no-call list. Feh. Try as I might, I couldn't find the article. It did trigger a desire to say something about it, though.

I've been following her cringe-worthy story for a while, hoping someone would come to their senses and leave the poor woman and her baby alone. No such luck.

This is straight-up misogyny, y'all, gotten waaaaay too out of hand.

It's been going on a long time, this religious-based misogyny, and it's not just Islam, although they tend to bear the brunt of the criticism in this regard. Many many Muslims are horrified and angered by these ridiculous decisions (she's had some appeals, but they've gone on and on to the Supreme Court of Nigeria).

I won't comment on the political climate in Nigeria, because I don't know a lot about it, but I do know that since they are pretty much ruled from within by elected officials, most heads of state around the world will leave this alone. I do believe I've seen statements against these rulings given by Nigerian officials, but none have been heeded.

There is a lot I could say about keeping church and state separate, but you all know my thoughts on that. I'll keep it short - this is a perfect example.

Any of you who read this and tell me that they think it is right and just that the church and state poke their noses into a woman's private business and kill her because they don't like what they find, come here and I'll chop your head off for you, free of charge. But first I'll kick you in the nads. No woman in her right mind would think this is right, so this is directed at men. Certain men, one of whom said on a previous occasion, when this story first came about in 2002, "Serves the bitch right."

(Excuse me...I'm imagining a bullet between the eyes of the decapitated head of this guy...yeah, I'd shoot him after decapitating him too.)

That might make me no better than them, but at least I'm not saying that any god, prophet or law backs me up. It's my opinion and I don't need gods or laws to back me up on that.

So pop on over the Amnesty International if you are so inclined and read up. It might piss you off enough to do something.

EDIT: As you can see by Rick's comment, sure enough she won't be executed by stoning. Hooray.

Although the reasoning is still irksome. Not that "it's none of our business what an adult woman does with herself," it's "they interpreted the law wrong." I read a couple of versions of this development and something just rubs me wrong about the whole situation. But then again, I wasn't raised in Muslim Nigeria.


posted by Julie Neff  # 9/24/2003 04:36:00 PM

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

NOT COMING TO AN INDIE THEATER NEAR YOU

I'd see this if it were directed by Christopher Guest. Dan Savage, eat your heart out! Anna at Synkronisiteez found it and I played along. (Hint: if it miscasts you as someone of the opposite gender, just switch them around. Or not.)

Your Life: The Movie by mintyduck
Who will play you:Parker Posey
Who will play your love interest:Ashton Kutcher
Weeks you will stay in the box office:13
Song that will play during your love scene:Poe - Angry Johnny
Song that will play during your death:Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper
Your name:
Created with quill18's MemeGen!

posted by Julie Neff  # 9/23/2003 10:09:00 AM

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