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The Mind Of The Beholder…

It’s been said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and in the 38 years I’ve been alive I’ve found it to be true.  So true in fact that men go out of their way to consistently behold women…

and rank them…

placing them on detailed lists…

from top to bottom.

While the women at the top of the list are celebrated, and the women at the bottom are ignored, they’ve all been degraded.  Whether they know it or not.

In some places this isn’t publicly allowed, the viewing of women is restricted to their husbands and family members.

This week, in an unpredictable move, hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refused to support a nationwide “Islamic dress code” for women.

You can imagine that this maneuver prompted open hostility from the other conservative members of his oppressive regime.

A prominent cleric reacted by complaining that President Ahmadinejad should “open up a nightclub.”  He was then quoted as saying that the president’s views on the Islamic dress code allows women, directly and indirectly, to dress in a way promoting “sexual provocation.”

“They have actually allowed sexual provocation… and now, they should think of opening nightclubs and cabarets,”

In case you are wondering what he was talking about, he went on to expound on the immodest attire that the women were using to “provoke” the men of the nation.

“Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie have promoted a situation in which girls now “wear (in public) trousers, and coats that don’t cover the knees…”

In the mind of the cabinet member, the indecency of pants and knee length coats are a provocation towards indecent and sinful behavior by men.

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Having the Salt

The young Iraqi pictured here is dead.  I don’t know his name.  I don’t know how old he was.   I don’t know about his family, and  I don’t know about his politics or his relationships.

What I do know is how and why he died.

He’s dead because he was murdered by men who believed that he was gay.  In the past 3 weeks at least 14 young men suspected of being homosexual have been beaten to death with stones and bricks.

There have been more than 200 similar murders reported since 2006.

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Those Who Won’t…

Whoever came up with the phrase, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach” was clearly on to something.

In the affirmative sense the phrase indicates that as we get older, we lose the strength needed to accomplish, so we move into the realm of teaching, encouraging the younger and more able-bodied to use their strength to accomplish.

In the pejorative, or “insultive”, sense the adage also aptly defines certain able bodied people who have no interest in “doing”- because they prefer talking.

As a known talker, with a great propensity for inactivity, I’d like to propose adding a third “Those Who” to the mix.

If you were paying attention to an internet device yesterday you probably saw, or read, about a viral video produced by the non-profit advocacy group “Invisible Children”.

The video was intended to launch a campaign to instigate global awareness about an African dictator, who abuses children, and appeal for his removal through foreign intervention.

Yesterday they got a lot of views.

A lot of people heard their message.

Now people are responding.

Today, people know about the civil war in Uganda and the tragedy of child soldiers and sexual abuse that has taken place there. They also know the names of Joseph Kony and his LRA.

Today we also get the opportunity to watch the backlash against the non profit behind the awareness campaign.

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