I’ve got to tell our local “Feminazi” @geegeetee about this!
Most of us here, probably realize that Fox News is a major outlet for spreading bigotry against Muslims, however, as Max Fisher, points out, they’re only part of the problem.
On September 17, 2001, President George W. Bush gave his “Islam is peace” speech from the Islamic Center of Washington DC, tucked into a leafy stretch of embassy row. He urged the country to embrace “fellow Americans” who are Muslim as well as Islam itself “with respect,” explaining to a country full of “anger and emotion” that the jihadists who’d struck a few days earlier were insane outliers and not representative of the religion.
Since then, there has been a tension in how Islam is discussed in American media, and especially in its most populist and popular form, television. Americans typically follow Bush’s advice, but sometimes they struggle, particularly when violent extremist groups are in the news. In recent days, that strain of Islamophobia in the US has risen along with media attention to the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, reaching crisis levels — particularly on American TV news. While this is often discussed as a problem of Fox News, in fact both left-leaning outlets and CNN participate as well,
normalizing and mainstreaming subtler forms of Islamophobia that may well be even more damaging.
Because 38 percent of Americans say they personally know someone who is Muslim, most of us rely on the media to shape our opinions of Muslims and of Islam. And the media is badly failing in its responsibilities to portray Muslims carefully and accurately. It has forgotten Bush’s entreaty, leaving Americans more ignorant about and more hostile toward the 2.6 million Muslim-Americans living in the United States, to the vast and diverse world of 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, and to the Muslim populations of the Middle East and South Asia with whom our foreign policy, and often our military, is so heavily engaged.
I would really like to have a conversation on this. I think he makes some valid points, although I have an even lower view of the “Men’s Right Movement,” than he does.
People like David Futrelle have done an excellent job thoroughly exposing the extreme misogyny that permeates that movement.
I also think Anita Sarkeesian makes some excellent points when it comes to women in video games, although I don’t entirely agree with her either.
Here’s a link to the opinion piece by Laura Bogart kyle is criticizing.
I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Please make sure you watch both videos before you post any comments.
Once again Saudi Arabia shows the world how misogynistic their society is, in addition to being intolerant of non Muslims, or even Muslims with views that they deem unacceptable. This is fundamentalism folks. Sara C Nelson has more.
An image of a conference in Saudi Arabia on the topic of “women in society” - with not a single female present - has gone viral.
The picture features row upon row of men in traditional headscarves and white thobes. A single Westerner in a flannel shirt is the only person breaking up an otherwise uniform sea of what appear to be Arab men.
Kyle Kulinski on Malala Yousafzai and why she deserved to win the Nobel Peach Prize.
Who says women don’t make good Soldiers? Gjohnsit reports,
On Monday the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the isolated Kurdish enclave of Kobani was “about to fall” to a massive, sustained assault from ISIS.
Also on Monday, Rooz Bahjat, a Kurdish intelligence officer stationed in Kobani said the city would fall within “the next 24 hours.” By now ISIS was expecting to be slaughtering civilians by the score.
Instead, something totally unexpected happened - ISIS has been forced to pull back.
A local Kobani official, Idris Nahsen, told AFP that fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) had managed to push ISIS fighters outside several key areas after “helpful” airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition
“The situation has changed since yesterday. YPG forces have pushed back ISIS forces,” he said.
Mike Littwin flags a TV interview in which Congressman and Senate candidate Cory Gardner shows off his obfuscation skills.
Cory Gardner has mastered the art of not answering a question. But he ran into a reporter, in FOX 31’s Eli Stokols, who refused to take a dodge for an answer.
It was early Sunday morning on Stokols’ #COpolitics interview show, which became the strangest 22 minutes you’re likely to see on TV. Stokols asked the two questions — on Gardner’s co-sponsorship of federal personhood bill and on Gardner’s claims on his canceled health insurance policy — for which Gardner has no apparent answer. Stokols didn’t just ask them. He asked them over and over, vainly hoping for an answer.
And so the back-and-forth would go something like this:
Stokols asks a question. Gardner dodges. Stokols corners Gardner. Gardner feints. Stokols interrupts. Gardner interrupts back. Stokols quotes authorities. Gardner apparently doesn’t hear him. Stokols quotes facts. Gardner blames [U.S. Senator Mark] Udall. And on and on.
From The Guardian, by Jon Boone.
A gang of 10 Taliban fighters who tried to kill the teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai two years ago have been arrested, the Pakistan army claimed on Friday.
The military said a top commander of the Pakistani Taliban had told the men to kill the schoolgirl and 22 high-profile figures in Swat, the picturesque region where Yousafzai lived before being shot in the head by a gunman in October 2012, when she was 15.
The attack on a girl who had risen to prominence after campaigning against the efforts of the Taliban to violently stop girls attending school drew global condemnation. Despite serious head injuries Malala survived thanks to emergency care at Pakistani army facilities and subsequent surgery and rehabilitation at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“The entire gang involved in the murder attempt … has been busted,” said army spokesman General Asim Bajwa.
As a September 1 deadline looms, nearly all of Texas’s 41 clinics have shut their doors—and a few are still fighting to stay open.
come next week, abortions can no longer legally be performed at that old facility thanks to HB 2, the omnibus abortion bill that made national headlines last summer after Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster. The law requires that abortions—though not vasectomies—be performed in ambulatory surgical centers, hospital-like facilities that specialize in outpatient surgery. This provision goes into effect on September 1.
Ahead of this deadline, women’s health care providers have raced to meet HB 2’s burdensome requirements, spending millions of dollars and countless hours of fundraising and construction labor. Converting a medical facility into a full-blown ambulatory surgical facility can be very expensive. Texas has 114 pages of regulations governing ASCs, which mandate wide, gurney-accommodating hallways, larger operating rooms, and sterile ventilation. According to one Texas provider, it will cost them about $40,000 more each month to operate an ASC than it would a regular clinic.
In the face of the law’s requirements, all but eight abortion clinics in the state will close by September 1. Many were forced to lock their doors earlier this year as other HB 2 provisions went into effect, including a rule that required doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where they perform abortions by the end of October 2013.