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Muslim Writers

In the light of some interesting books and viewpoints being created and posted, specifically on Twitter, I decided to dedicate this post to Muslim writers.

If you did not know by now, I identity myself as a practicing Muslim woman, hijab and all. And although it is not new to see Muslims as the topic of discussion, I felt that something needed to be said at this point. Why? Because reading is the most important thing that humans are capable of. Words change or make your viewpoint. Stories remind you of something; be what is happening presently or what you think can happen in the future, stories shape this world.

But I slightly digress. What sent me over the edge is shown below:

For those that have said or will say ‘but there are books about Jewish detainment camps and Asian detainment camps.” Yes, there are because that actually happened. It is a part of history. Muslim detainment camps where a random white girl saves the day… not my cup of tea nor do I feel it is appropriate to tell that story, mainly because that crap aint happen. And not the whole white girl saves the day, most main stream books tell that same story over and over again. But having a white author talk about Muslim detainment camps as if it actually happened or is going to happen is troubling. That’s my issue and if you have an issue feel free to argue about it among yourselves because I’m not.

The purpose of this post is to remind you all that there are Muslim voices and it is important to read their stories and support them. Just like you are willing to pay $10-$20 to read the white girl save the day, you can support a book where a Muslim girl or boy, woman or man, saves the day, be it the world or their world. Shown below are books written by Muslim authors. If you don’t support Muslim authors, you can never say you didn’t know any. So here are a few. #muslimshelfspace

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Banned Book Week

Here it is again. A week in which we celebrate creativity and power of the first Amendment. It is Banned Book week and sad to say books are still constantly being banned from libraries and schools.

 

Here are my thoughts:

 

You do not have to read these books and as a parent you should read the books your child brings home.

 

Just because you do not like something does not mean that it applies to the person next to you.

 

& that is all.

 

This week I will display a series of books under different categories that have done something to my life and my reading experience.

 

I hope that after this week, you will be encouraged to read these authors and to fight against censorship.

 

 

 

Opinion: Marie Calloway

So there is this writer, Marie Calloway, and she is causing a stir in the literature world. She wrote a book called

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What Purpose Did I Serve in Your Life” which by the way I think is an awesome title. This book apparently is about her sexual experiences. However, instead of a “story” it is about her real, raw personal sexual experiences. Not only is there an issue that her book is a very bluntly written but she is also only 23.

People feel that her writing pushes the line of pornography and she is pushing the limit. Here is my opinion what limits is she pushing by simply talking about her experience. Simply don’t read the book. There are book that talk about bondage and male domination about how many ways you can do this and do that and books like those sell.

Is it possible that there is a huge up roar because she is 23? For people to believe that people or 23 year old women are not dipping their fingers in random things including sexually is very naive. I feel there shouldn’t be an issue with her publishing her experiences. No one has to read her book; no one has to buy her book.

I personally don’t care who she has been with and I have no intentions of reading it. I do, however, believe that there shouldn’t be a limit to what it is written and published. The beauty of humans is we can make choices. So how about everyone just choose not to buy her book instead of trying to silence her?

The Diary of Anne Frank. . . Pornographic?

I recently read an article on the Huffington Post stating that a parent is protesting or making a fuss about Anne Frank being required reading for 7th graders. The parent’s issue is there is a part in the book in which Anne is describing her body; this includes her vagina. Here is why I do not believe that is grounds for having this book removed from the school;

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1. This is a diary; it was not meant for the entire world to see it. Technically, this is an invasion of privacy even though it does give people a first hand account of what happened during that time.

2. By 7th grade, you are in health class learning about the female body as well as the male body. I am 24 not only did I have to take health in the 7th grade, but I had to take a parenting class in high school and another health class in college.

3. You see more graphic stuff on television. Girls twerking in videos, television shows in which women are barely dressed. Anne Frank was a young girl hiding for her life and was curious about her body as we all do at that age.

I think that people are choosing the wrong battles to fight. Granted I am not a mother as of yet but I will not be that mother that allows her child to wear short shorts or a bikini top during the summer and then complain when she reads someones’ diary.

Also just to throw it out there in this article it is the same school that had parents fight the edited version of Anne Frank and the choose the “real” copy to be used in school.

Here is the link