I was just thinking about pumpkins. Like …its food that probably millions of people waste each year to create jack-o-lanterns on Halloween and then throw away after its left outside to spoil. Food
— 10 word story (via white—elephants)
Men may appreciate a flower when it presents its petals in its bloom, but seldom does anyone, but the gardener, appreciate the effort a flower took to burst from a seed and grow into who she became.
Be as God, as the gardener, when deciding it’s time to appreciate a flower of your own; a wife of your own.
— Rupi Kaur (via heartheraindrops-fall)
I was taught by my American culture that I must change my name when I get married because I am his.
I was taught by Islam that I don’t have to change the name my father gave me. I am not my husband’s property.
'This woman, who sees without being seen, frustrates the colonizer.'
Frantz Fanon, one of the founders of post colonialism theory (along with Edward Said), wrote of the frustration that the French colonisers in Algeria had regarding Muslim women who wore the face veil (niqab). His words, penned over fifty years ago, still carry much weight as we attempt to decipher why the West is so concerned about a small piece of cloth.
He said that ‘this woman, who sees without being seen, frustrates the colonizer.’ By abjuring Western standards of liberation, she asserts an identity, and even power, of her own, thus refusing to acknowledge the validity of, and inherent power in, her colonizer’s unveiling, subjugation and rape of her own culture.
Ironically, in claiming to liberate women from the constraints of the veil, the colonizer is forced to do so with violence and force, thus becoming the culprit of the very crime that he purports to fight.
- Summarized and extracted from Frantz Fanon’s, “Algeria Unveiled.”