“I am an act of kneading, of uniting and joining that not only has produced both a creature of darkness and a creature of light, but also a creature that questions the definitions of light and dark and gives them new meaning.”—Gloria Anzaldua
Aiden: That the werewolf stories have gotten it all wrong. In the loup garoux legend, they’re not cursed, their blessed. Like the moon turning them into wolves, that’s all how it’s twisted later. The loup garoux can change whenever they want. It’s- it’s, uh… mind over matter. Transcendence. You know, they believe they will change, and in that moment they do. Can you imagine that? From a man to a wolf.
Most introductory textbooks and courses on “Islam” equate Islam with the word submission. “Islam means submission to God’s will.” Since “God’s will” is a complex conceptual assertion too — for example, one that equates “God’s will” with the historically developed legal system through shari’ah, because it was explicitly derived by the use of divine sources — then the meaning “God,” “Allah,” as well as of “God’s will” also requires clarification or definition. After some thought, I departed from one norm by rejecting the word submission. I prefer to use Islam as “engaged surrender.” Although subtle, the idiosyncrasy between submission and surrender is significant. I understand the word submission as involuntary, coerced externally and limited to a prescribed set of required duties. Many Muslims actually confess that a Muslim must submit to their understandings of a prescribed set of required duties as if there is no choice. Submission is enforcement situated completely outside of the one who submits. However, if such a coercive construction really existed, then the extensive and continual failure of Muslims to submit — as evident throughout Muslim history and in the present — would be impossible. Islam would be universally sanctified and religiously exemplary. Muslims disobey Allah’s will obviously because they can exercise choice.
In this respect, engaged surrender emphasizes the requisite role of human agency. It is conscious recognition of choice and exercising that choice as an agent, not a puppet. For example, even if a woman is under duress, say at knifepoint, to submit her purse, she still has a choice. She could choose to resist the command, accepting responsibility for the potential perils and even catastrophic consequences of her resistance. Ultimately her choice might not save her purse or her person from the one with the knife. However, she still has the agency of choice in facing the situation and ultimately shares responsibility in the consequences. In choosing the term “engaged surrender” for Islam, the outcome shows greater agency exercised through personal conscientious participation.
”—Inside the Gender Jihad: Women’s Reform in Islam - Amina Wadud page 23 under Islam as Engaged Surrender. (via salafi-saurusrexie)
“So, comrades, let us not pay tribute to Europe by creating states, institutions, and societies which draw their inspiration form her. Humanity is waiting for something other form us than such an imitation, which would be almost an obscene caricature.
For Europe, for ourselves and for humanity, comrades, we must turn over a new leaf, we must work out new concepts, and try to set afoot a new man.”—Frantz Fanon 1961 The Wretched of the Earth
“It might have been generally though that the time had come for the world and particularly for the Third World, to choose between the capitalist and socialist system…but the Third World ought not to be content to define itself in terms of the values which have preceded it.”—Frantz Fanon
In a perfect world men and women get equal pay for equal work. They’re treated the same in politics. Women appear as frequently and in as interesting roles as men in films, television and in novels. In a perfect world men and women are equal.
This isn’t a perfect world and those who say it is are either ignorant, naive or assholes.
I won’t go into all the various ways the world isn’t perfect because after a while it just gets depressing.
Geeks, both female and male, have a tendency to operate under the assumption that men and women are equal in all things. Yes, en and women are equal by the most basic definition of the term. However society doesn’t treat them that way. Socially and politically inequality very much exists. So when women say “I just want to be one of the guys” they’re not saying “we’re equal” they’re saying “men are average and women are inferior. I want to be average.”
And I get it. I do. I’ve been in that boat. As a woman in many a male dominated industry and hobbies I’ve always strived to be “one of the guys.” When I was an active debater I had as filthy a mouth as the fellows so I could be “one of the guys.” When I was active in MMORPGs I often tried to be quiet so I was “just one of the guys.” Even how I spell my name, Alex instead of Alexandra, was at one point a conscious decision to remove myself from my gender in order to approve my hireability and people’s perception of my writing. “One of the guys” was a status quo I desperately desired.
At some point I realized what I was doing. I was trying to operate in a post-feminist world when that world didn’t yet exist. I realized just how harmful it was to behave that way. I was ignoring the very real problems of the world in an attempt to be accepted by my male peers.
Wonder Woman has never had that problem. She’s never been “one of the guys” and she never sought to be one. She’s was created out of clay by a woman and given life by women and is herself, the embodiment of womanhood. When William Marston created her in 1941 he didn’t “forget” about including a father. He made a conscious decision to make her exclusively the product of women. Even Marston could recognize that sometimes women needed a leg up. Sometimes they need a hero untouched by the patriarchy that pervades society. They needed an example of woman who wasn’t just a woman superhero, or the equal of male superheroes, but a woman who was better than the guys.
Now, almost 70 years after being a matriarchal touchstone Wonder Woman is getting a dad and losing a bragging right at Justice League brunch. And it’s not just any dad. Zeus, the original Western philanderer, is her dad. The guy who regularly raped his way across the globe now plays a significant role in the birth of pop culture’s symbol for womanhood.