Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Thousand Splendid Friends on Facebook

Queen Rania of Jordan with Michelle Obama.  H.M. Queen Rania is one
of my role models, being a very progressive woman in the Middle East.
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Due to Western thoughts and ideas, feminism has progressed far in this nation and in other westernized nations. However, in countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, and other Middle Eastern nations, the idea of feminism is all but foreign to them. The book I am studying, called A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, states, "Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman." (7) Do you find this to be true in American culture still? What about Middle Eastern culture (if you are a MESA major)?

I plan to circulate this on a private message forum on Facebook. Originally, I was a Middle Eastern Studies / Arabic (MESA) major, but I have since changed to English. However, I still have many of those friends in my friend group, but haven't talked to them in a long while, so it would be good to reconnect. Many of these friends have been to Jordan, Afghanistan, Syria, etc., as part of their major, so it would be good to get some insight. Furthermore, I plan to include some of the people who responded to my original post on Facebook to see what they might say, since they have already demonstrated an interest.

However, what about you? Do you think that women are often used as scapegoats for male accusations, which may or may not be entirely sound?


  1. I have a friend that's a MESA major, if you want to talk to him! He has a lot of interesting ideas about feminism and the affect it has on males, which is also an interesting topic.

  2. So I really love your question. I think it is a low-risk, but engaging and can totally see how it could add to your development of your paper. It's super helpful, as I am getting ready to make my question. Anyways, I think while women are still used as scapegoats, increasingly in America there has just been a lot of fight back against these problems, and even some finger pointing at men. Though we still have a long way to go, I think there is starting to be a big divide in society whether to take the feminist or the male-orientated point of view.