It is beautiful that people can open their lives to human beings of any background,…
Month: September 2009
by Guest Contributor G.D., originally published at PostBourgie
Up until last fall, I lived in Bed-Stuy, and the only supermarket near me was so far away that I would just do my food-shopping on the way back from my gym — which happens to be in a completely different neighborhood. The bodegas on either end of the block where I lived only sold white bread; fresh fruit and vegetables were completely out of the question. Fast food restaurants abounded. After 10 p.m., you had to stand outside the bodega and tell the store employee what you wanted through bullet-proof glass; they handed you your goods via a rotating carousel. If you were hungry at that hour — and I usually was, since I work evenings — there was no place to get food, except Papa John’s. (Ugh.)
Then my lease ran out and I stumbled into an apartment for slightly less than I was paying — in Park Slope, that notorious bastion of upper middle class liberalism and helicopter parenting. My mind was blown. It’s just two miles away, but the demographic chasms are ginormous. This is the whitest, most affluent place I’ve ever lived, and the nutritional options border on the cartoonish. There are supermarkets two blocks in every direction, a surfeit of top-shelf restaurants, the famous Food Co-Op, and the 24-hour bodega on the corner sells fresh herbs and organic kale. As dope this is for me now, I had to move to a completely different neighborhood in order to have regular access to fat-free milk.
By Guest Contributor Princesse de Clèves, islamogauchiste, originally published at Muslimah Media Watch
Have you ever noticed how minorities—and oppressed people in general—lack a sense of humor? Lately, there have been plenty of jokes about Arabs and Muslims. So why aren’t we laughing?
French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux recently felt his joke fall flat after this year’s summer congress. One of his traditional supporters, Amin Benalia, asked if he could take a picture with the minister. A woman in the crowd jokingly introduced Benalia to the team as someone different because he “eats pork and drinks beer”. Ah, a meeting of old friends and politicians united under the banner of pork, beer and the finest French jokes. The Minister explained about Benalia:
“He doesn’t fit the prototype [of an Arab Muslim] at all. Not at all. We always need one. When there’s one, that’s all right. It’s when there a lot of them that there are problems.”
This moment of free expression had been launched on the website of Le Monde and raised lots of questions, reactions and criticism. But the merry minister did not apologize. He simply said it was a joke, and most journalists gave it legitimacy by saying the minister was “very laid-back”.
David Gee, the author of Shaikh Down—a very “funny” novel about the Arabs (again)—claimed he “spent six years in the Gulf and never met an intelligent woman”, ignoring the fact that intelligent women had better things to do than meet up with a poor so-called satirist.
In Shaikh Down, Gee writes:
“Nayla was tall, olive-skinned, voluptuous, at twenty-six two years younger than her brother Ibrahim and exactly half her husband’s age, a feminist intellectual in a society that tended to ignore women and mistrusted intellectuals .”
Exclusively focusing his attention on the body of Nayla, the author completely ignores the role that high-profile women play in the Gulf. The “feminist intellectual” is at some point described as if she was either a prostitute or a commodity: by the size and the color of her “voluptuous” Orientalized body.
Hosted by Special Correspondent Arturo R. García
Why does Ando look so shocked? Probably because he saw the ratings.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Heroes placed fourth in its’ time slot, with a 46 percent drop in viewership from the Season 3 premiere. Start the deathwatch!
Meanwhile, the Roundtable invites you to join us in wishing a fond farewell to one of our charter members, Erica, who is about to embark on the most perilous of journeys: teaching middle school.
jen*: Good luck, Erica! My mom taught middle school and always said it takes a special person to work with middle school kids. I think she’s right.
Mahsino: Yeah, good luck Erica and may the patience you have had watching Heroes aid you in dealing with middle-schoolers.
Mahsino (raises hand): I don’t hate Parkman. I kinda feel for the guy in the same way I feel for Ando and Hiro, he’s not a Benetrelli so it’s not like he’s gonna get any shine.
Arturo: Parkman’s decision-making process crystallizes one big problem for this group of characters: they clearly know they’re the only ones around who can understand and deal what they’re going through, yet they insist on not relying on each other. So it makes Big Matt look like a child not to tell anybody Sylar is in his head – especially with Angela asking for his help.