When people say ‘This is my baby,’ they don’t always mean a baby. Sometimes they mean a dog.
The porn films are not about sex. Sex is airbrushed and digitally washed out of the films. There is no acting because none of the women are permitted to have what amounts to a personality. The one emotion they are allowed to display is an unquenchable desire to satisfy men, especially if that desire involves the women’s physical and emotional degradation. The lighting in the films is harsh and clinical. Pubic hair is shaved off to give the women the look of young girls or rubber dolls. Porn, which advertises itself as sex, is a bizarre, bleached pantomime of sex. The acts onscreen are beyond human endurance. The scenarios are absurd. The manicured and groomed bodies, the huge artificial breasts, the pouting oversized lips, the erections that never go down, and the sculpted bodies are unreal. Makeup and production mask blemishes. There are no beads of sweat, no wrinkle lines, no human imperfections. Sex is reduced to a narrow spectrum of sterilized dimensions. It does not include the dank smell of human bodies, the thump of a pulse, taste, breath—or tenderness. Those in films are puppets, packaged female commodities. They have no honest emotion, are devoid of authentic human beauty, and resemble plastic. Pornography does not promote sex, if one defines sex as a shared act between two partners. It promotes masturbation. It promotes the solitary auto-arousal that precludes intimacy and love. Pornography is about getting yourself off at someone else’s expense
Why is it when trying to liberate ourselves from oppressive cultural practices done in the name of Islam we so frequently reject separate spaces for men and women?
I’m not saying we should be separate 100% of the time. That ain’t healthy. But when one of the main issues we face is being subjected to the male gaze, wouldn’t separate spaces make sense at least some of the time?
To me, the best sacred prayer space would be one that women have autonomy over, like the women only mosques in China. Carving out a space - any space - in male dominated spheres (like most masajid in the world) just doesn’t seem to come with the same empowerment.
I’m completely open to civil discussion and/or constructive criticism, so please don’t be shy inshaa Allah.
Behind the thobe: Why men who cover for religious reasons exercise in public
This morning I saw a man and two boys running past my house.
They were wearing thobes (called kurtas here).
Where are the journalists to write articles about how they are “liberated despite their dress and backwards religious beliefs?”
Where are secularists to cry over how their choice of clothing is ruining society?
Where are the misogynists to demand that they uncover their bodies as they have…