It’s Saturday Once Again

So here we are.  Saturday again.  Another seven days has passed and what have you achieved?  For me I can answer very little.  We had only one Open Home last Sunday and the hoped for offer hasn’t yet materialised.  My Real Estate friend arrived home on Monday after visiting Peru and Bolivia  and we spent the day in catch up.  Oh and buying her a new laptop as her one eventually gave up the ghost after about 8 years.  Tuesday as a day spent on database entering – boring but necessary.  Wednesday was good – we went to pick up Major the Afghan Hound from his breeder some 70 kms away.  So we made a day of it, having lunch at a little restaurant where we sat outside in the sun and listened to the river while we ate.  Thursday -at the hospice and Friday doing somemuch needed rubber gloving at home.

Six word Saturday buttonSo now it’s time for Six Word Saturday –

And if you want to play along all that’s necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words – click on the picture on the left  or click here for more details.

Here are my six words –

NO MEN ALLOWED AT WORLD PREMIER

This was the banner headline in the weekend edition of the newspaper.  Apparently a local museum is to host a video display of Muslim women without veils.  What has raised the blood pressure around here is that no men will be allowed in to see the exhibition.   As you can imagine this has raised a protest from various sectors of the community as well as lots of interested and interesting comment.

The work is by Qatari writer and film-maker Sophia Al-Maria.  It is called Cinderazahd – For Your Eyes Only and features members of her family getting ready for the wedding of a cousin and shows them without their veils.  According to a NZ Imam “It would be inappropriate for a male stranger to see a woman without her veil, even in her own home”.

The wearing of veils by Muslim women has been a topic of conversation here for some time, as mostly we don’t understand this custom.  A spokesperson for the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand explained that a veil or headscarf moves the focus away from a woman’s appearance to her inner beauty.  She went on to say that the veil says to the world ” I don’t want to be judged for the way I look but rather by my intellect, my character and my personality.”  This then forces us to look beyond the facial attraction of a woman.

The Museum Director has apparently discussed the fact that men will not be allowed to view the video with the Human rights Commission and he is comfortable with showing the video with the restriction on men.  A spokesperson for the Human Rights Commission has said it advised the Museum that there was “an arguable case” for discrimination based on gender under the Human Rights Act.   However, the Commission cannot act until it receives a complaint from a member of the public.

Somehow the Race Relations Commissioner has also become involved.  He is quoted as saying it was up to the museum to decided whether to display the video.  “If there is a complaint we will explore it” he said.  Although how sexual discrimination falls into the spere of the Race Relations Commission is not clear to me at all.

I am sure that we shall hear more on this over the coming weeks.  I know that I shall make the 20 km journey to the Museum to see what exhibition o get an insight into the lives of some Muslim women.

And will we soon see/hear discussion on the many married Orthodox Jewish women who wear wigs in public as a sign of modesty?

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20 responses to “It’s Saturday Once Again

  1. Judith, if you go and tell me about it will that be a problem?? Crazy!

  2. This is a case for me of whatever. A group has a personal belief and I can respect that even if I disagree with it.

  3. Wow; thorny issue indeed. Hope to hear more about how things work out, etc.

    • Belatedly catching up on comments. Yes it is a thorny issue but has been dropped in the local news in favour of the more important happenings around our world.

  4. Am I being dense here but if you don’t want it to be seen, why make a video of it?
    Glad you enjoyed your week. Bank Holiday’s here so it’s raining!

  5. I have read most of an English version/translation of the Koran, and it left me with many reasonable (I think) questions: why don’t men have to cover up so we can see their inner beauty? why is there an assumption that men are weak, and cannot risk looking at a woman’s backside – in mosque, or on the street? Maybe you can help me here…..

  6. I’m sure it will be quite an experience.

  7. That is interesting! A part of me understands, but another part of me wonders why do they even have the exhibit if they are restricting who sees it.
    With regards to the week… working and being at the beck and call of the boys. I am hoping for some quiet time in the future.

  8. I’m glad you’re going, and I hope you can share your thoughts with us afterward.

  9. Strange idea ? It would be interesting to hear what you think after you’be been though. 🙂

  10. How interesting. It is all about respect, though.

    • Yes but the respect should go both ways. If it is being shown in a publicly funded museum then respect should also be offered to the many men who pay their taxes too.

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