Thursday, January 14, 2016

According to Saudi law, which is based on Sharia, a Saudi woman's testimony in court is, with few exceptions, valued at half that of a man.

--from Katherine Zoepf, "Sisters-in-Law," The New Yorker

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I met this young brother, Abed, today on our tour of Jaffa. A feminist and a big Tupac fan, he has a very clear analysis about what's going on. I loved the way he aligned himself with the young folks in Ferguson when he talked to our delegation. He started off with the question "why do oppressors always expect the oppressed to explain how the oppressors are oppressing them?"

His house was raided last week.

 --Facebook post of Vince Warren, executive director, Center for Constitutional Rights

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When, I wondered, had I become a normal woman--the kind of woman who on her way home stops by the temple to pray to Kannon-sama and then feeds the pigeons?

--from Uno Chiyo, "A Wife's Letters," translated by Rebecca Copeland

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And there she lull├Ęd me asleep,
And there I dreamed—Ah! woe betide!—
The latest dream I ever dreamt
On the cold hill side.

--from John Keats, "La Belle Dame sans Merci"

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