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May 7: Burkas, Bullies, and Babies – A Women’s Place
May 7th, 2011 by Sam

Happy Mother’s Day!

Guests:

  • Hadear Kandilwriter, journalist and American-born, Egyptian-educated Egyptian American (whew!)
  • Robin Oliveira, author, My Name Mary Sutter

Can a feminist wear the Niqab and/or a Burka? Should we judge a woman who was raped by the skimpiness of her clothing? Should the government control what happens inside a woman’s body? How far have women come in America and how do they compare with women in other countries? Should we judge societies by how they treat women? Poor women?  Is the separation of women and men in Islamic countries gender apartheid, or analogous to the Elks Club and ladies auxiliary??

Hadear will join us to talk about Muslim feminists, our perceptions of Muslim women, their perceptions of us, what progress women are making in Islamic countries.  We’ll have a look at how status of women varies around the world.

Robin will join us to talk about her novel, My Name is Mary Sutter, the story of one woman who starts out as a midwife and yearns to become a surgeon. Since this was an unlikely occupation for a woman in the mid-1800′s, she was rejected time and again from medical school and eventually answers the call of reformer Dorothea Dix to become a nurse just as the Civil War is beginning.   She was at first even turned down for that because of the strict social regulations of the time for women and men.

How much progress have women made since the Civil War?  How many women around the world live today like Mary Sutter?  And, is American society backsliding with the recent legislation proposed by the Republican dominated House of Representatives?

Mar 6: Guns and Burkas
Mar 5th, 2010 by Sam

What’s on my mind…

  • Guns – Is there a mandate in the Constitution for proper training on how to use guns safely?  Will the NRA be offering this free of charge to all citizens?  Who owns the bullets after they leave the gun?  (the shooter obviously, but…)
  • Banning the burka – should people be legally required to show their faces?  Any other body parts?  Where do you draw the line?

What’s on your mind?

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Should you be legally required to show your face?
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Sam

Five European states back burka ban

Do you think people should be legally obligated to show their faces?

More than half of voters in four other major European states back a push by France’s Nicolas Sarkozy to ban women from wearing the burka, according to an opinion poll for the Financial Times.

Cultural divide: women of different faiths in a street in Blackburn, Lancashire

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