Archive for December 11, 2012

Tradition = Patriarchy in Disguise

December 11, 2012 by and tagged , ,

I have blogged before about the highly patriarchal practice of bride-kidnapping, especially in Kyrgyzstan, but here is a reminder from Al-Jazeera English. Part 1: Part 2: The government of Kyrgyzstan has decided to toughen the penalties for the practice and guess which excuse is trotted out to protest the change? Of course: tradition. “Kyrgyzstan’s parliament is […]

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Privilege as Neutrality

December 11, 2012 by and tagged

In the British press, headlines were all over their new census and especially the decline in established religions, a development similar to what is happening in the US. In this context, it is interesting to read headlines like these: “No longer the default religion: is being a Christian now a political statement?” And in the […]

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