Weekly Digest: Women in the News

This happened. Finally.

I still cannot figure out their logo.


Why is the arrow pointing TO THE RIGHT, for God’s sake?  That is all I think when I look at it.  I don’t want to move to the right, and the problem lots of people have with her is she isn’t left enough.  Or is she moving us toward the future?  I am not the only one who cannot understand how this logo got past the campaign.

All of those quibbles aside, I am glad she announced. I don’t think I have the stamina to watch and think about a 1.5 year campaign, so I wish her luck on this marathon.

In the I-want-right-now-but-I-hate-hardcover-books category is Mona Eltahaway’s book Headscarves and Hymens:  Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.  To sate my desires, I read the NYT’s recent interview with her:  “Mona Eltahaway Doesn’t Need to Be Rescued.”  I have been banging this drum my entire academic career:  how do we act as allies instead of saviors in women’s fights for equality?  I can’t wait to read her book.  I am especially eager to read her argument as it sounds more nuanced than Ayan Hirsi Ali’s argument in Infidel.  When asked about the comparison between the two writers, Eltaway states:

Why is it important to you to remain a Muslim, rather than rejecting your faith outright, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali has? I often talk about Khadijah, Muhammad’s first wife. She owned a business, and she employed Muhammad. She was 15 years older than him, she was a divorcée and she proposed to him. If she was the first person to become a Muslim, something in that faith is worth holding on to.

Speaking of allying with other women, here’s a great list of women in the world doing work for peace.  A great place to start when considering work for equality.

Finally, I showed this excellent interview as part of my unit on global feminisms.  I love all of the issues about savior v. ally in it. It surely is fiery.  Loved it.  And a good intro to issues of global feminist movement.

At Wednesday night’s Women in the World salon at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel, India’s Daughter filmmaker Leslee Udwin, a British documentarian, engaged in a fiery debate with India’s top broadcast journalist Barkha Dutt over Singh’s brutal attack, Udwin’s documentary, and the world’s reaction to the horrific story.


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