Thursday, June 07, 2007

I will randomly click on BlogHer links more often

Have you heard of the BlogHer network? I don't know a ton about it, but I think I'll find out. Today I had one of those random know the ones...those times you're done checking your email and your regular blogs and you just want that one more blurb to read before you log off and actually get any work done? And anyway, it led me to this nice, interesting little post about arranged marriages and then I was, of course, reading the comments and in one of the comments the author of the original blurb wrote:
I want to mention here that I am neutral to the system, as long as I have a choice. Arranged marriage doesn't feel alien even to many of us who haven't played by its rules. If I hadn't found my husband when I did, I may have agreed to go through the process, as long as I had a say in it.

It's similar to choosing the clothes I wear. I love wearing saris and other Indian dresses. I don't think wearing jeans is liberating simply because that's what my sisters in the West wear. But the sari will start feeling oppressive if I don't have the freedom to wear jeans.

And wow. I just really liked that last part.

Go here to read the whole thing.
And here to get to the author's entire blog page.


Mary Beth said...

I've heard women from the Middle East say the same thing about burkas. Have you read Interpreter of Maladies by Lahiri? It offers really great perspectives, too.

I've never read any posts on BlogHer and I'm not sure I need any more addictions. But I remember when I used to read Dooce that she was always invited to BlogHer conferences. Can't get a more ringing endorsement than Dooce!

Kat E said...

Thanks for the book recommendation MB!