The Kinder, Gentler Face of Islamophobia

Before I begin, I would like to point out my ignorance when it comes to the Islamic faith. I have attended some talks about the basic beliefs and customs and have engaged in conversation with probably only a couple of Muslim people directly addressing their beliefs. So, like many North Americans, what I know about the religion of Islam is not a whole lot.

What I do know, however, is the basic reasoning behind traditional Muslim attire which includes the western-perceived oppression of clothing that covers most, if not all, of a Muslim woman’s body. The intent, as I have come to understand it, is to appear humbly and modestly before the eyes of Allah and to shed all possibility of sexual objectivity from the worshiper. The same basic rules apply to the men but it seems that a great deal less of the male body seems open to be objectified sexually (as it is also in western traditions, if I might quickly point out!).

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Agnosticism is Bliss

I had a really great time last night. It started out at The Study Coffeehouse at Lakehead University where I was part of a staged reading of Michael Blieden’s script, Phyro-Giants. The play’s duration takes place over a single outing to a small restaurant where four people have sat down for dinner and the conversation gets loose, a bit sloppy, insightful, and hilarious. For a better idea, here is the trailer from the movie version called Melvin Goes to Dinner.

After the reading, most of us involved went and sat at one of Thunder Bay’s great watering holes, The Madhouse, where life, as they say, imitated art. Continue reading