Monthly Archives: July 2010

College Girl Literature: A Lost Genre

One of the most painful conversations to overhear when I’m out and about is the debate over what book to get for an adolescent girl (painful because social mores declare that it is odd for me to interject).  You’re likely to hear painful suggestions like Twilight or one of its host of derivatives.  You might hear references to the Uglies series, or perhaps something by Nicholas Sparks or Jodi Picoult.  Maybe they’ll even throw out something along the lines of Wicked or the Hunger Games series (which is fine as far as books go, except that I personally found Wicked and Nicholas Sparks to be a bit…adult).  Don’t misunderstand me, there isn’t anything inherently wrong with most of those options (the exception to that being Twilight, my thoughts on which, however, have been documented elsewhere).  But I would like to offer up some alternate suggestions that are sadly forgotten in today’s society.  These are the 5 books that I feel every single girl ought to read before she is 20. […]

Are the French really fighting for Women’s Rights?

 The French have struck a blow for women’s rights in the Muslim world, by banning the burqa and niqab in France.  That’s what they say anyway.  My question is, how can you say you’re encouraging women’s right by telling them what they can and can’t wear?  The burqa, according to is: is a piece of clothing that covers a woman from head to foot. There is an opening for the eyes, but the rest of the body, except the hands, are covered. The burqa is usually made of light clothing, and is essentially outerwear for some Muslim women in some regions. It is worn when women leave their homes, over their indoor clothes. It’s not worn indoors in the presence of family.  The niqab on the other hand:  is a combination of head covering and scarf, or a one piece scarf that covers everything but the eyes. It usually flows down to midback to cover a woman’s hair, and may flow down to midchest in the front. The niqab can be worn with the burqa, or with other clothing as part of modest dress for Muslim women.  I’ve seen women wearing burqas and niqabs.  They are hard to miss even in a predominantly Arab Muslim country.  While burqas are an easy target for the French, I call bullshit on their reasoning for banning the burqa.  Yes, the burqa is a symbol of women’s oppression in Afghanistan.  It is also becoming a symbol for Muslim women against what they’re seeing as the West’s attack on Islam.  They’re choosing to wear the niqab or the burqa not because of a, perhaps extreme, interpretation of the Qur’an, but instead because they’re being told what they can and can’t wear.  How is that any different than those supposedly abusive husbands? […]

My Big Fat Geek Wedding

 Well, actually I’m funning with you.  It was neither big nor fat. This is the tale of how I went about getting married to who was once my longtime college sweetheart.  He was a physics major, so you might say it was the law of attraction–or maybe bodies in motion.  We didn’t have the nicest of endings, but it was fun while it lasted, and there’s still lots of fun in the telling. We watched the gold-banded ring swirl ’round and ’round in the toilet bowl of reality, and we realized we were on an alternative path to matrimony.  Having been discouraged by pudgy, interfering fingers from “Wedding On A Tightrope”, “Getting Married By The Muppets” and a celebration in the stale beer and pot-reeking basement of my betrothed’s frat house, we decided we were bored with the whole ceremony idea anyway. But, oh yeah, that was right.  We, like, still wanted to get married and stuff, so that if either of us croaked or got smashed up and mangled, we’d at least be able to pick out coffin attire for  each other (pink chiffon, thank you). Okay, that wasn’t the whole reason, but you get the idea. […]

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