De-Stabilizing the Emergent Binary of Empowered Girl vs. Muslim Girl

Producing Malala as the exception is a technique of power. Exception proceeds by individualizing and abstracting her from the local environment and cultures, and connecting her positive attributes to another source, such as her formal education, desire for success, and ambition. Her courage is, then, not read as grounded in local cultural practices that valorize social justice. Instead, she is positioned as a singular force against local customs and cultural elements. Marking Malala as the exception sustains the trope of the “oppressed Muslim girls” against which the concept of “empowered girls” is maintained. The discourse on empowered girls, thus, rearticulates Malala in its own terms, and distances her from other Muslim girls. She is made simultaneously to stand in for, represent and symbolize the oppressed Muslim girls, and positioned as the empowered girl who is not one of them. It denies other Muslim girls similar forms of empowered subjectivities. More importantly, it sustains the façade of Islam as an oppressive religion, making interventions—such as through universal education of girls, or empowerment projects—necessary and even ethically imperative

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Idk man I’m just tired of people going like “western awareness will solve everything!” 

no it’ll give us 15 seconds of fame, lasting stereotypes, and chaos after the initial attention


Somalia 😍

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Some resources on various issues:

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Somalia has the most beautiful beaches.


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Construction in Mogadishu, Somalia.


Construction in Mogadishu, Somalia.

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White Feminism ahoy!I just like excuses to draw derpy faces for serious-ish topics okThere’s more that I drew but it worked better with just these two images.




White Feminism ahoy!

I just like excuses to draw derpy faces for serious-ish topics ok

There’s more that I drew but it worked better with just these two images.


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"Cadaanka iska ilaali."

Somali proverb, roughly translates to “love all”. (via papayaseason)


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i have to reblog this again

Rebloging this because he is so right. The brain Drain in Somali is a huge issue and one of the reasons why the conflict is still going on. For a few of you who don’t understand Somali comoletely or haveabit of trouble .

The guy is an interpertor and he’s saying that we shouldn’t rely on the Somali government to give its people stuff especially because its not established and that we shouldn’t really care just about the money were getting from working abroad.

He gives an anecdote about the Somali presidents bodyguard who was shot by alshaabab after being threatened numerous times. He starts to tear up when he talks about how they had to wait for the turkish embassy to take him for medical attention aborad but that they said they coudn’t until the next major accident which occured 11 months after he got shot.

He becomes really tearful when he talks about that fact that everyone who was sent with him was dead and that the doctors couldn’t do anything when they found out he was paralysed because he didn’t have a guardian with him and for the first day he was there he was starving because he couldn’t communicate his wants.

So I was thinking of brushing up/relearning Arabic over the summer as well. I only have the basics everybody whose been at duqsi knows Arabic kind at the moment and my vocabulary is very limited. Anybody have any free online resources they can recommend? I want to at least be able to say more than Ahmed left the house by the end of the Summer. ?

  • Brazil: we came out to have a good time and hones-[Germany scores again]
  • Brazilian Fans: What the fuck
  • German Fans: What the fuck
  • Everyone: What the fuck

Day 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 

As you can see from the title I’m not very good at keeping stuff going but then again its Ramadan and not much happens other than lots of thinking and trying to get the motivation to keep learning stuff when I just want to sleep so badly. Although I do have an interview tomorrow and a deadline so yey I guess.

Also that Brazil game! 4 goals in 6 minutes! Wow! I still can’t believe it.

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"Here’s to the security guards who maybe had a degree in another land. Here’s to the manicurist who had to leave her family to come here, painting the nails, scrubbing the feet of strangers. Here’s to the janitors who don’t even fucking understand English yet work hard despite it all. Here’s to the fast food workers who work hard to see their family smile. Here’s to the laundry man at the Marriott who told me with the sparkle in his eyes how he was an engineer in Peru. Here’s to the bus driver, the Turkish Sufi who almost danced when I quoted Rumi. Here’s to the harvesters who live in fear of being deported for coming here to open the road for their future generation. Here’s to the taxi drivers from Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and India who gossip amongst themselves. Here is to them waking up at 4am, calling home to hear the voices of their loved ones. Here is to their children, to the children who despite it all become artists, writers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, activists and rebels. Here’s to Western Union and Money Gram. For never forgetting home. Here’s to their children who carry the heartbeats of their motherland and even in sleep, speak with pride about their fathers. Keep on."

Immigrants. First generation.

Ijeoma Umebinyuo.

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