Since racist Donald Trump was elected, bias incidents have spiked 400 percent in New York City. The most recent case proves that Trump inspires these xenophobic attacks. Last night three white thugs assaulted an 18 year-old Long Island woman wearing a head scarf at 10 pm on the 6 line and excused their criminal behavior by shouting, “Donald … More 3 White Thugs Harass Woman wearing headscarf on NY Subway, chant Trump’s name and call her ‘Terrorist”
The Sufi poet Rumi (1207-1273) ,who was known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Persian: جلالالدین محمد بلخى) and Mawlānā/Molānā (Persian: مولانا) wrote: Gamble everything for love, if you’re a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty. You set out to find God, but then you keep stopping for long periods at mean-spirited roadhouses.
I drove home with groceries from Costo, arriving at 1:30 pm, with dread and sorrow in my heart, worrying that he, they, would still be sleeping. I have this bad habit, or sense that is true, that it is the girlfriend who drags him down, and who keeps him up late into the morning hours, … More working
The aphorisms composed by the Hindu siddha guru Pantanjali, who flourished in India during the second century B.C.E., are among the oldest and most revered scriptures of yoga teachings. Yoga was originally a practice of meditation designed to awaken higher consciousness about the universe. In the Sutras, Pantajali explains that the purpose of yoga is … More On Pantanjali, the Self, and why I practice and teach yoga
I’m watching Of Gods and Men. It’s about a group of French Trappist monks who chose to stay in their community rather than flee to safety during the Algerian civil war. They were kidnapped in 1995 by terrorists, but their death was never explained. Some have argued that Algerian soldiers killed them during a botched rescue … More Of Gods and Humans
13 June 2011 Around 8pm. Well! What an astonishing day. After I wrote the bit above I went to the women’s center, where I mostly observed Dalina, a volunteer from the Czech republic, teaching a small group of women to write and speak some English words. Their English is rudimentary but still better than my … More Nepal: Microcredit, Politics, and the Professor
Many people celebrate the return of the growing season at this time of year without understanding the historical origins of the rituals they observe. This post revamps a column Lefthandofeminism wrote last year at this time to explain how men pushed women out of these holidays. Christians have a feast day called “Easter,” on which … More Blood and Eggs at Passover and Easter
A new study, reported by the New York Times, dramatically challenges the prevailing, Darwinian understanding of human social development. Not “natural selection” but cooperative behavior influenced the structure of early human societies. This view has profound feminist implications because it contradicts Darwin’s assumption that early human societies formed around dominant men competing with other men … More Cooperation in Neolithic Culture and the Implications for Feminism
“I feel I am born again,” Dr. Nawal El Sadaawi told an American reporter, who bumped in to her in Tahrir Square. The 80-year old woman along with thousands of other peaceful demonstrators, was planning to spend the night in the square. Like everything else she has done, this was a brave and bold decision. … More Dr. Nawal El Sadaawi: Brave Egyptian Feminist, in Liberation (Tahrir) Square
What is happening in Yemen and why should we care? Tawakul Karman, a feminist activist was arrested today for her role in student demonstrations against the government last week. She and her husband, Mohamed Ismail al-Nehmi, were making their way home yesterday evening when the police came for her. He has no idea where she … More Tawakul Karman: Brave Muslim Feminist Arrested in Yemen
Oy! Yoga kicked my asana today. I did two classes in a row, beginning at four this afternoon. Throughout the first part of the first class, I felt sick to my stomach, but found relief by finding my eyes in the mirror and repeating my mantra, “I am.” In the second session, I felt … More Tossed in the Waves: Bikram Day 38
There is a lot that is right about Tony Porter’s “A Call to Men” speech, also a lot that is wrong. See also the website. What is right is the message. I like what he says. I preach what he preaches. I want my son to hear this. I want him to memorize every word. … More Can we talk about race? On Obama and Tony Porter.
The people in this cartoon are “doing gender.” What does this mean? What is gender? Gender is an embodied social program, an ideological construction of the body that we do not simply perform in language and gesture, but also inhabit and experience somatically (from the Greek, soma), in the body . Gender is durable, although not inevitable, … More What is Gender?
A fellow wordpresser relates that she typed in “fear and writing” and that a lot of stuff came up. She didn’t explain what came up,, or what prompted her to google “fear and writing,” but she did say this: A friend and I laugh about how it’s gotten that not only do you have to write … More Fear of Writing
I hang out with a group of women in their forties and fifties. A few of us in their sixties, and a few in their twenties. What do we have in common? You could mention loss, heartache, trauma, success, strength, chutzpah, charm, beauty, brains. You could say we are women who are awake. What holds … More under the radar