Wednesday, July 26, 2006


I watched a terrific (are there any other kind?) show on PBS last night.
Wide Angle focused on women's rights in Morocco.
As it turns out Morocco has a pretty progressive monarch fighting Islamic extremists by educating women.

One particular interview was absolutely shocking.
The person being interviewed was a woman representing a group of Islamic fundamentalists wanting to take over the Moroccan government 'non-violently.' Naturally, the king is not too thrilled.

This is the shocking part: She is opposed to teaching women to read and write. She said she was in favor of educating women, but literacy was a stupid waste of time; not real education; an imperialistic plot.
"Why teach them to read," she asked. "just so they can read Coca-Cola?"
She continued, "A, B, C, what kind of education is that?"

OK, OK, what? Excuse me, what did you just say? You support education but not literacy?
She didn't offer any educational alternatives to literacy, just trashed it as the devil's work. To point out the extreme irony of her beliefs, I'm fairly sure that she is literate.

Hearing these words from a woman's mouth is astounding. What kind of brainswashing blabber is this? I might have expected as much from men in the Taliban, but to hear a woman saying that other women shouldn't learn to read and write was just. . . terrifying.


At 1:14 PM, Blogger J.P. said...

It’s as if more and more people—the globe over—are adopting the tactics of their adversaries. The thought of power is more intoxicating than the thought of empowering.


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