The ongoing Political Musings of a former (now Stray) Yellar Dawg Dem.
This is a Feminist Blog, in the tradition of Susan B. Anthony.
"Just Tell Them...
I have worked 40 years to make the Women's Suffrage platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon."
Susan B. Anthony
Saturday, June 6, 2009
News For President Obama: Women in the U.S. Have Proudly Covered Their Hair for Centuries
The problem with the Cairo speech IMO, is that it gives women permission to wear hijab. But it does not really give them permission NOT TO.
Oh, sure, the President says the covering of the hair should be a "choice." But he says nothing about the real reason why it is NOT a "choice" for so many. No mention about violence, honor killings, "intolerant" husbands and brothers. Instead he pretends as if it is an intolerant, secular America that would take away such a "right."
Is Obama even aware that we have a long history of "tolerating" women who cover their hair in this country? Be they nuns or Mennonites. To be frank, nobody I know has problems with the freely chosen covering of hair.
It's not the freely chosen coverage of hair that disturbs the Americans I know.
It's the hair that is covered under threat of violence that gets our panties knotted.
In "real life" Dawg is a mom, a nurse, a pet rescuer and a tireless advocate for animal rights.
Dawg is happily married for thirty years and has raised three awesome children. She holds an advanced degree in Family Science, wherein her research was focused on women's support circles during parturition. Her dedication to Women's Rights is directly affected by her belief that motherhood should not be a sentence to isolation and disenfranchisement.
Dawg is on hiatus from political bloggery d/t the intense demands of her engagement in the No Kill movement at this time. However, she remains influenced by PUMA politics and reads the blogs of her fellow PUMAs (at right) regularly.
Thanks for the Visit, all you Stray Dogs and PUMAs!
"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave.