The Radical Notion

Encouraging women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians

Our Fearless Leader Speaks (about some things) April 5, 2009

Okay, so Obama has actually made a public statement about that law that stripped away women’s rights in Afghanistan, publicly condemning it while at the G20 conference (via).

I’m glad that he took a firm stance on women’s rights being human rights, and an important thing regardless of one’s culture or religion; only time will tell if his speaking out against the law will actually do any good. Karzai, for his part, has promised to review the law, but to me it doesn’t sound like he’s planning on actually changing anything rather than attempting to cover his ass (emphasis mine).

Karzai did not mention Article 132 [the infamous “marital rape clause”] during a news conference Saturday. But he said he had studied the law earlier in the day and that “I don’t see any problems with it.”

He complained that Western media outlets had mistranslated it [which would imply that the women’s rights issues were exaggerated, except…]. He read an article of the law during the news conference that appears to restrict Shiite women’s right to leave their homes, though Karzai underscored a provision that allows women to leave in emergencies.

Call me a militant feminazi, but if the least misogynistic thing you can say about your new law is that it lets women leave the house when it’s on fire, you’re doing it wrong. (more…)


Shameless Linkage October 2, 2008

So, this week’s crunch is over, to be followed by a slightly smaller crunch in the beginning of next week. But for now, I am scot-free! So expect bloggage out the wazoo – most notably tonight, where as last week Experience will debate The Fresh Face of Change.  Only this time, it’s reversed. It promises to be awesome.

Of course, while I have been neglecting my no-doubt faithful readers, many others in the blogosphere have not, so with your indulgence, I’d like to link to a bunch of posts from the past week or so that I’ve found very illuminating, insightful, surprising, or worthwhile, for your general edification. I realize that this is somewhat lazy on my part, and I will start writing my own things momentarily, but I really want to give props to some of the bloggers out there, and also point out these posts that some people will undoubtedly not have read.

Drumroll, please…