Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The F-word

There's nothing like writing an article about feminism to trigger some intense soul searching for the working Mum. Specifically, my piece was a column about the Sudanese trouser-wearing journalist Lubna Hussein who is facing a public flogging for her "indecent" attire. I asked why feminists hadn't made more fuss about Hussein's plight, and that of oppressed Muslim women the world over? 

I reckon the answer's pretty simple: everyone's just too busy really to worry about what's going on the other side of the world, even if the treatment of women like Hussein is truly horrific. Part-time Mums like me are the worst offenders. We're trying to juggle motherhood with a career and end up pretty much failing to get to grips with either. We're neither feminists nor anti-feminists (or whatever the antonym is, Google didn't help). Which means that causes like Hussein's get overlooked in favour of what we're going to cook for dinner, or how we can squeeze in the food shopping. 

I'd suggest making amends by signing this iPetition in support of Hussein. But I can't see that it would do much good. Better get back to the pureeing, then. 


A Modern Mother said...

I usually don't have enough brain cells to digest what is happening in my own town, let alone a plight on the other side of the world. It's a poor excuse though, and making a difference may have to wait until the girls have finished school!

Potty Mummy said...

How come Susanna and I often seem to end up at the same blogs? Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I've put you up as this weeks British Mummy Blogger.

Best, PM.