Friday, September 25, 2009

MSN.com's take on women's rights  

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For... fun? I guess? MSN.com put together a list of ridiculous and horrifying laws against women around the world. It includes:

A woman was arrested at a Saudi Arabia coffee house for sitting at the same table with a male co-worker.

A woman was convicted earlier this summer for drinking a beer in public.

One woman says she wasn't allowed to swim in a Paris pool because she was wearing a "burquini."

Undoubtedly, it's a good thing to call attention to the injustices against women around the world, but I wish MSN decided to take it more seriously. If you visit the site, you'll see they treat the whole list as laughable, and their main picture is this:




First of all, the woman convicted for drinking beer in Malaysia was not white with blond hair, nor was she smiling because, um, she was sentenced to caning.

Sure, in a sense, these laws are almost laughable because they are so ridiculous, but we only laugh at them because we cannot imagine the kind of life these women have to live. For us it might be a joke, but for them it's reality.

What next?

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1 comments: to “ MSN.com's take on women's rights


  • April 12, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

    Although this is not our reality here (where ever you are, because you have access to this blog..), we should make it our reality. As fellow women (or men, too I guess) we should make it our duty to stand up for the rights of these women.
    Just imagine if it was, in fact, your reality. You live in a non-oppressive country either by accident of birth or because you were fortunate to get out of your former country. These women are not so fortunate. The only way their lives can be changed is for us to change ours- we need to take a stand for the women around the world that can not take a stand for themselves. Sure, msn is making a joke out of this. But maybe making a joke out of this serious issue is the only way it can gain attention. Now it has caught our attention. It's our job to figure out what to do with the information we have been given.