Friday, April 30, 2010

Burkhas, Barbies & Boobquake

"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes," Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, a senior Iran cleric was quoted as saying by the Iranian media.

How he has suffered! Same as the other Iranian cleric who was caught on tape doing “nasnas” with a woman who entered his home chador-clad. No immodesty there, so why did he stray?

What occurs to me is, if we are to believe this cleric person (who is our connection to God), Pamela Anderson could annihilate the earth by just being herself. You go, girl!!

However, before we condemn these ridiculous clerics outright, we should approach this problem as a scientist would. Jennifer McCreight, of Purdue University, Indiana put this cleric’s theory to test. She gathered a huge crowd of women dressed immodestly (lots of cleavage) on the grounds of this University. Nothing happened there, but... there was a huge earthquake (6.6 on the Richter scale) in Taiwan. Wow!! Can that be a coincidence?

All kidding aside, we should have a role model for our women in Iran. Who better than Burka Barbie, or Chador Barbie.

The company director of Laird Assessors from The Wirral, Cheshire, said:

'Bring it on Burkha Barbie, I think this is a great idea. I think this is really important for girls, wherever they are from they should have the opportunity to play with a Barbie that they feel represents them.

Angela Ellis, a great fan of Barbie dolls, with more than 250 Barbies in her collection proudly remarked,
“I know Barbie was something seen as bad before as an image for girls, but in actual fact the message with Barbie for women is you can be whatever you want to be.”

What? Little girls have to aspire to be burkha/chador clad? What kind of message is this?

Rosie Shannon, from Save the Children, said all the proceeds from the auction will go to the charity. She said:
'We are delighted Sotheby's and the designer chose to auction the burka Barbie dolls for our charity.'

We need more such women like a hole in the head. We fight the feminist cause in the USA and abandon women in other countries so we can make a profit?

Read more in the Mail Online

Not to worry…

Televangelist Pat Robertson, who leads his own independent Neo-Dark Ages movement here, has other explanations for such natural disasters. He claims that Haiti’s earthquake was caused by the country’s pact with the devil to drive the French away from their land.

At least, he has more respect for women.

Belgium has taken the first bold step to alter the life of the muslim woman.  The home affairs committee of Belgium voted unanimously for the ban of partial or full covering of the face in public.

The Guardian  reports:
Daniel Bacquelaine, the liberal MP who proposed the bill, said: "We cannot allow someone to claim the right to look at others without being seen.

"It is necessary that the law forbids the wearing of clothes that totally mask and enclose an individual. Wearing the burqa in public is not compatible with an open, liberal, tolerant society."

Violators of this ban could go to prison.


Sreya said...

Very ridiculous. I think that earthquake was a stroke of unintentional genius!

As long as these regressive edicts and attitudes exist, we will continue to see such ridiculous ideas out there. We'll fight this by exposing ankles and necklines to the unsuspecting public ... or something like that. Let's see how these guys like their earthquakes! It'll teach them to make stuff up and say whatever they please.

Shen said...

If I were a conservative/traditional Muslim, I would be heartily offended by all this. Who better represents the cheap exploitation of Western females than Barbie? She is constantly baring her flesh, and dares to take jobs that require her to speak publican, be educated, etc. ...and next month she's on to the next! The woman has no attention span.

Add to this the sin of Western consumerism, and globalization. There are already FOUR Barbie-esque dolls aimed at Muslim children. I believe Fulla is the best known:

Barbie has never been great at cultural sensitivity. One glance at their 'princesses of the world' collections shows that they do the most cursory of research, with an eye to fashion more than accuracy. (Maybe I'm more irritated by this because I find the 'African' ones so putrid.)

Barbie has to make up her mind--is her purpose to represent the state of women, all over the world? Then she'd better start looking more downtrodden and give up those diplomas. If she wants to inspire girls to take control of their lives, then burqas have no place in her wardrobe, unless she's a Doctor Without Borders going into Afghanistan to help civilian casualties.

Ranting aside, LOVE the phrasing of this post.

Death by Pamela Anderson, indeed.

Priyam said...

"My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be," Mrs. Handler wrote in her 1994 autobiography. "Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices." Mrs. Handler was a breast cancer survivor and in later years manufactured artificial breasts. She was a Barbie wanna-be. However, things went terribly wrong and she was indicted on charges of fraud and false reporting to the SEC. She wasn't entirely the best role model and tainted Barbie in the process.