Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hijab Fashion

Salam every body, is there a fashion trend called "Hijabi Fashion"? hahahaha, it just sounds a bit no sense for me. I believe fashion is for every body and hijab well, who knows?, could be for every body too, don't you think.

oh one little favor...please, please if you are a real Muslim stop saying "Marry Christmas or happy holidays"! ,you may think that is kind of rude not to answer with the same wishes when someone tell you marry Christmas but think about it twice, who should you grant, Allah or a simple human being?





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Saturday, December 24, 2011

From: Egypt's women.... to: Hilary Clinton...


Egyptian women don't need Clinton, says Egyptian minister

Minister responds to Clinton’s criticism of the abuse of women protesters saying Egyptian women can defend themselves

Fayza Aboul Naga, minister of planning and international cooperation, has slammed comments by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which she described the treatment of Egyptian women by the military as “shocking.”

Aboul Naga stressed that Egyptian women are capable of defending themselves and do not need Clinton’s support. She added that Egyptian women have a rich history and have proven repeatedly that they are capable of fighting their own battles.

She also added that Egyptian women do not need foreign voices to demand their rights for them.

Earlier this week, Clinton lambasted the abuse of women during the recent clashes which included the part stripping and brutal beating of a veiled protester, an incident which garnered widespread international attention.

"This systematic degradation of Egyptian women dishonours the revolution, disgraces the state and its uniform and is not worthy of a great people," Clinton said in a speech at Georgetown University.

"Recent events in Egypt have been particularly shocking. Women are being beaten and humiliated in the same streets where they risked their lives for the revolution only a few short months ago,” she said.

On Tuesday, a women’s march protesting the brutal treatment of female protesters, attracted 10,000 women.

A number of demonstrators in the Abbasid (cairo) who support the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that the American intervention in the internal affairs of Egypt, not only serve their own interests, stressing that the U.S. government exercised severe violence and repression against Americans demonstrators , if they threatened the security of the State, in addition to the practice of racism against the Arabs and Muslims.

The newspaper "Al-Ahram" ; publiched the question of a girl regarding the comments of Hillary : How do you accuse us of being against human rights if they have the worst forms of violence against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan and support the Israeli practices against the Palestinian people?!

A number of protesters agreed that America is trying to interfere in the affairs of Egypt, somenthing that will be not allowed eather for the military or the Egyptian government.

ln december 23 Protesters in Cairo were holding a number of signs condemning the intervention of Hillary Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State, in the Egyptian internal affairs, and unfurled a banner that says:



"From Egypt's Women to Hillary .. Stay with Monica."
(من سيدات مصر إلى هيلاري كلينتون: خليكي في مونيكا)

The demonstrators were referring to Monica Lewinsky who was an American intern working in the White House in the mid-nineties and they have drawn media
into politics when she got involved in sexual scandal with former U.S. President Bill Clinton , the so-called "Monica Gate".

Monday, December 12, 2011

chanel hindi make-up & fashion inspiration

The Indian inspired pre-fall world of Chanel features Sari's, heavy eye makeup and couture like embellishment plus heavy jewellery all this between tables of a sumptuous Indian feast.

I have always believe in science fiction and fashion, you may wander what does this two things has in common, well let me tell you, all of them have a bit of trueness (did I used this word correct?),science fiction some times show you what we will be able to see in a not so far future mostly about technology, and fashion this days more than ever show who is having the power at least the consuming power in the world, we have seen the growing economic of countries as UAE then we have seen the most important designers featuring in their collection Abayas, Jalabiyas and the most trendy the Harem Pants, now with all this Economic situation around the world, we are seeing how new countries are emerging from the ground and showing to the world their impact in the world economy, we talk about China and India, now Chanel has featured India influence in the fashion world thanks to all this bolliwood stars, this btw is a growing business that goes together with fashion, we have seen how bolliwood stars are having the world recognition for their movies, and movies means money and fashion, I'm I wrong?








The Make-up


Leave it to Peter Philips, creative director of Chanel makeup, to create yet another gorgeous makeup look to complement the equally beautiful Chanel pre-fall collection. For the show, Philips drew inspiration from Southeast Asia and reinterpreted the kohl-rimmed eyes and bindi frequently seen on the region's beauty icons. Head pieces and bindi received the obligatory Chanel treatment and were fashioned using chains, pyramid studs, and pearls. To help balance out the bling factor of the head pieces, Philips emphasized the eyes with heavily-smoked lids and lush lashes, and kept the rest of the face bare and natural. Read on to find out which Chanel products Philips used for this ultra-glam look!

"Start by perfecting the complexion using Perfection Lumiere Long Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 10, which you'll apply all over the face," says Philips. "Then, dab Eclat Lumiere Highlighting Face Pen over the high points of your face, such as your cheek bones and the bridge of your nose to add extra dimension. Cover up blemishes and dark circles using Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer in your skin tone." To achieve the dramatic eyes in this collection, Philips lined eyes with Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene to keep the heavy eye makeup from running. Then, he smudged Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Black around the lashline to add depth and create a smoky effect. "I curled lashes with Chanel's Precision Eyelash Curler and applied a generous coat of Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Black," says Philips, who also used Chanel's limited edition Illusion D'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana, (available in stores June 2012) around the entire eye and gave it a winged edge at the outer corners.

To finish off the look, Philips used more Chanel products debuting in summer 2012. "I used Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Brume d'Or to add a rosy tint to the cheeks and the new Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Empreinte."


****check all ingredients before you buy any of this cosmetics, may they content some haram ingredients, in this case there are lots of other similar products halal, so you can have the same look!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Pretty Bridal & Evening Gowns

how to describe them?, I'm in love with all !, So let me tell you what is about, Muslim Elegance has a New Service of CUSTOM MADE GOWNS, yes we finally found the perfect tailor who will work to create the most beautiful gowns for you with all that customizations that a Muslim Woman needs, we will provide you with a bunch of pictures from where you can take some inspiration, the designers are mostly from Lebanese designers, which in my opinion ere some of the best of the best, very feminine,elegant and some of them with a lot of blink on their designs, just what Arab woman likes and what western women are learning to appreciate.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Muslim Wedding Tips

Salam dear readers, thanks for stop by

every day , today I'd like to introduce you the new section of Muslim Elegance FB Fan Page (remember you need to be signed in on FaceBook to can see the page): it is all about "WEDDING TIPS", this is focused in Muslim Weddings, I'll try to find some ideas,share experiences and tutorials that are mented to help all the muslim brides out there, hope to achieve this goal :)

This is just one example of what this is about, The first tip I'd like to give is about to having a Simple or Extravagant Wedding

Having very expensive dowers and extravagant wedding parties is something that goes against the Shariah .




The marriage which has the greatest blessing is the one with lesser financial
burden. Any time the burdens are lessened, the blessings are increased.


This is a matter that is many times caused by women. Women are the ones that often insist upon their husbands to set very high dower [for their daughter]. If a lesser dower is offered, they will say their daughter is deserving of such and such. Furthermore, expensive and luxurious wedding parties are prohibited by the Shariah . they fall under the command of the verse.


''But be not extravagant. Verily, He loves not those who are extravagant ”
(Surah Al- Anam 7:141)


Again, many times it is the women who force their husbands to do such things. They say that so and so’s party they had this and that. However, such gatherings must be according to the Shariah .The person should not spend what is beyond his means. He must also never be extravagant for Allah has prohibited extravagance.


M.E's tip is: Opt for a lovely and simple White wedding !

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

DIY Photo Earrings

Picture Perfect Earrings

Make your own "designer" earrings using images from the pages of any magazine! These bedazzled earrings are as easy as 1-2-3, this tutorial could be used to make some brooches for your hijab too.

Supplies:


-Magazine photos of earrings or other jewelry. (Note: If you want to make matching earrings, you will need to find two of the same images in one magazine, or a single image from two separate copies of the magazine.)

-A small piece of suede or thin leather, approximately 4" x 4" or larger (available at craft stores)

-Mod Podge or white craft glue

-Paintbrush

-Earring wires

-Small gems, crystals, or other embellishments (self-stick or glue-on)

-Needle

-Scissors


Steps to Make the Gift: Picture Perfect Earrings

1. Carefully cut out your magazine images, staying as close to the silhouette of the image as possible.

2. Brush Mod Podge or glue on to the back of the cutouts, then glue images to the suede fabric, leaving room around each image. Cut out the earring pieces, leaving a small border all around.

3. Brush a thin smooth layer of Mod Podge or glue over entire image to protect it. Let dry.

4. Add gems or other embellishments. Use a sharp needle to poke a hole close to the top of each earring, then slip earring wires through the holes.

Done!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bella's wedding accessories...-second part

This is the second part of the post about Bella's Wedding Gown, now is time for the accessories, shoes,ring, and hair comb, so no more words here we go!

The Shoes
Also designed by Carolina Herrera (collaboration with Manolo Blahnik), Bella’s wedding shoes are white satin pumps adorned with crystal clusters.Love,Love,Love them !!!


The Hair Comb
Bella wears Grandma Swan’s diamond and sapphire hair comb with her veil attached underneath. The family heirloom is Bella’s something old and something blue.


Very simple for my test.


The Ring


It looks very beautiful, defenelly like it!




A close-up of Bella's engagement ring.
Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Bella's Bridal Gown...Twilight-Breaking down

Well finally and after a lot of speculation, Bella's bridal gown is on sale, it was designed by one of my favorites designers (We even share the same last name , that's cool :),Carolina Herrera has made an excellent work as usual with her femininity showing off, the dress is made of satin with long sleeves and button detail Cut out back with lace embellishment, oh! and a lot of bottoms, it is simply beautiful.



While fashion designer Carolina Herrera was enlisted to design the gown for Kristen Stewart in the actual movie, a version of the dress could be yours for a fraction of the price of a high-fashion frock!

Starting on Nov. 21, replicas of the gorgeous Herrera gown will be available in 400 bridal shops, including 67 Alfred Angelo stores, and will retail for $799. While


Kristen has said, “The dress was tight. It was so tight"

I'm agree with here and it is made to show off your curves this is an inconvenient for a hijabi but there are some options, you can use to cover up more and still continue with this simple and yet feminine look.
the mass-produced version will be more forgiving for a variety of body types.

“I was inspired by Stephanie’s description of the gown in the book,” Carolina told The New York Times. “I also took into consideration the personality of the bride.”

Stephanie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga said, “I wanted the dress to have a period feel without being actually vintage.”

Would you want to wear a replica of Bella’s dress on your special day?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Analyzing, Why nail polish is haram?

Some times for Muslim Women is difficult( to not say hard ) to accept what Islam orders mostly when it comes to make-up & fashion, with all the influence from the media showing exuberant women working sexy cloths, fake nails, fake hair, fake eye lash...the list is endless. We assume a position where we think that because "others" do it then is "not too bad" if we do it too.




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Then we adopt an attitude where we try to be "Different" and put in practice our own believes and thoughts, forgetting that Islam and the Qur’an are the only TRUE guides that we should follow because Allah(swt) sent the Qur'an for all mankind, so we can read and learn what is harm for us and what is better for all of us.

We should also always remember that "Islam orders only what is beautiful and prohibits only that which is ugly".

As a woman I was "Addicted" to nail polish, I used to have very long nails and paint them every day with different color, most of the times the color matching my cloths, I had a huge collection with all the colors you can imagine of nail polish, then I went to college and spend a lot of the time on the laboratories, Long nails wasn't an option anymore, it was a must keep our nails as short as possible, then , with the time I get used to it and no longer I was just fine with my not painted short nails, I wasn't Muslim at this time but I have to confess that sometimes looking at my friends that weren’t studying Science with their gorgeous manicure, I sometimes feel jealous, so I can understand what a Muslim woman feels when you see all this new trends in nail polish and nail ornaments.


So, starting with the question of Why?
Why is nail polish haram?
Well the answer according to Islam city Nail polish as a product is not Haram.

However, there are two issues you should know about nail polish:

1-A woman can pray with nail polish, however, when she takes her
Ablution, she should have it off, otherwise, both her ablution and her
Prayers don’t become valid. However, if she removes the nail polish,
Takes her ablution, and then puts the nail polish back, then she can
Pray with it.

2 -As to the second issue, nail polish is an ornament.
Therefore, like all other ornaments, it cannot be worn in public in the
Presence of the opposite sex (men).

3 - A woman can only have it in front of
Her husband, children, and all other women or men who are her Mahrams
(Those she can never marry like her father, uncle, etc.). If a woman
Really wants to put nail polish and go out, then she should cover her hands with gloves. Something I'm sure you don't want to do.

Now let's talk about Ablution with nail polish and why the rule about wiping over the sock in wudoo' can’t be applied to Nail Polish.

Nail polish and Ablution

Islam is the religion of cleanliness and purity. That is why every Muslim is ordered to be very clean, in body, in apparel and in regard to the place of standing for prayer. Ablution is a means of cleaning the body from what the Shari'ah terms as hadith al-asghar (the smaller impurities) although such a form of impurity is not related to the existence of physical impurity on the body, If a wife wants to put on nail polish to please her husband, after she does ablution, the ablution is valid,


If however, a woman applies
Nail polish in order to appear attractive in
front of others, (e.g. at work)
That is not accepted nor allowed

, If she applied the nail polish after ablution, the nail polish does not affect her ablution and she can make as such Salaah or other Ibadah (form of worship) which requires Wudhu (ablution) as she likes with that ablution.



If she loses her ablution, by any of the ways which nullify it and then needs to
renew it
, she must first remove the nail polish as it prevents the water from reaching the surface of the nails. The existence of such a polish will thus invalidate the ablution since it does not allow the water to reach the nails.



Lates trend in nail polish, Magnetic Polish, al most all the ingredients on it are haram!

Some scholars accept a minority opinion which has been presented by some scholars that says if the nail polish is applied after ablution; the ablution may be subsequently renewed, when necessary, without removing the nail polish. However the more correct and conscientious way is to remove the nail polish.

The above article was edited by Ustaaz Ahmed Fazel Ebrahim for the English to make full sense to a wider readership. The latter view expressed by some scholars seems to emanate from the Islamic ruling pertaining to the use of leather and other special types of socks upon which ablution is allowed provided that the feet were previously washed during wudhu and the socks have not been thereafter removed while the person who wore it had nullified his ablution by any factors that nullify it, Such an analyses is completely incorrect since,

The allowance of wiping wet hands over such socks is given in the hadith and Cannot be extend to the case of finger nails because although the leather and Other prescribed type of socks were not worn due to dire necessity, and the
Possibility exists to extend the ruling to cutex and nail polish, which is also Not worn due to medical need but, rather, for the
sake of Beauty
, yet the Shari'ah had not prescribed the same ruling to the case of anything which covers the surface of the human body which has to be washed during wudhu (ablution) and ghusl (bathing) unless if such an area was covered by bandage, plaster or a cast due to medical need, It thus follows that if any other area which has to be washed during ablution or ghusl, is covered without a medical need, then the object or substance, which prevents the water from reaching the surface of the limb which has to be washed, must be removed.

So as you can see, in conclusion, Nail polish as a product is not haram, although some of them are made with not halal ingredients, then those are haram. If you want to use nail polish you can perform ablution first then apply it, but we have seen now how un-practical it will be, I mean, if you lose your ablution for any of the sircunsatance it could be lost, then you will have to take it off and perform ablution again, with 5 prayers every day I really doubt you will keep going with this, and the reward of performing our prayers on time is greatest than colored nails.

We should accept what Allah (swt) order us, because without no doubt he knows what is better for us.



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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bridal Make-up trends 2012

Here some ideas for all the Brides to be, out there, hope you like them and if you want more of this visit Muslim Elegance Face Book page and a"Like" us, you will find some of the Accessories used on the pictures Available for your ceremony.





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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Aquarium Therapy

Do you feel that you have too much stress in your life?,well I do, the good news is that there is a simple solution for this.


Get a freshwater tropical fish tank or aquarium for your home and see what difference it makes to your life. Sounds strange, isn' it?


Have you heard about the Aquarium Therapy ? Well, taking time to watch fishes in a aquarium provides a welcome break from the stress of day-to-day activities. Aquariums are ideal for creating a soothing, meditative place to relax and connect with nature in your home as well as office. Research studies have shown that concentrating on a aquarium for few minutes can play a vital role in improving your health.



Studies have found that watching fish in aquariums has many therapeutic effects. This include a notable decrease in blood pressure, pulse rate and muscle tension, reducing anxiety and improving sleep. No doubt an aquarium when properly taken care of can not only change the look of your room but can improve your life in many other ways. When you come home from work, or when you finally done with your household chores, just watch your fish swim serenely through your aquarium, watch the plants or the coral moving rhythmically... and just enjoy and relax.


This are some new styles and ideas of where to place your own aquarium at home,it doesn't has to be too expensive to creat some of this decoration ideas, just use your creativity and try to search for economic accessories that you can use and... RELAX.

Friday, November 11, 2011

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?


The vast majority of women – and quite a few men - don’t see themselves as they really are. They look in the mirror and focus on the areas they don’t like: hips and thighs that are less than perfect; unsightly hair growth; a post-baby paunch; wrinkles that weren’t there yesterday – the list goes on. The problem is that as poor body image develops people stop seeing the good bits and just focus on the areas that they are unhappy about. Self-confidence, self-acceptance and self-love can turn quickly into self-loathing.

So, when you look in the mirror, can you see all of yourself, or do you only see the wobbly bits?

How Poor Body Image Develops
A quick trawl through the psychological research can turn up a myriad of reasons why people develop a poor self-image. Some of the things that are said to contribute to the development of negative body images include:
•The media – pop videos and airbrushed images in magazines that focus on the very thin as icons of beauty
•Barbie – let’s face it, she’s out of proportion, but is she completely to blame?
•Celebrities endorsing new diets – especially when they start to become painfully thin
•The size zero ‘phenomena’ – and can anyone bigger than size zero look ‘good’ in the clothes that they wear?
•Attitudes of friends and family – especially those of anyone inclined to voice criticism based on appearance or weight.
•Trauma – the loss of health and well-being through accidents and/or through long term illnesses like cancer can also contribute to poor body image.
•Abuse –detailed case studies taken of those struggling with eating disorders sometimes reveal a history of abuse that can be responsible for instilling a sense of self-loathing.

Why Massage for Poor Body Image?
Poor body image is just one of an array of symptoms associated with more serious mental health issues. Amongst others, it has been connected to anxiety, depression, anorexia and bulimia. When professionals look to treat mental health issues, one of the first things they focus on is finding a way of helping someone to feel good.

Massage is well known for its ability to make people of all ages feel more relaxed and better about themselves. Hence, researchers started to investigate massage as a way of improving mental health in general and body image in particular. Over the past decade, the research teams world wide have managed to collect some interesting evidence to prove that regular massage can make a significant difference to how you feel about yourself. Here’s a small sample:


•Female university students taking part in a controlled experiment relating to the effects of massage on body image reported feeling better about themselves and their bodies after having massage. The control group (who did not receive massage) showed no change in their attitudes. (Bridgewater State University, USA, 2011).


•Post-menopausal women taking part in an experiment to examine the effects of massage on abdominal fat, waist circumference and body image received a full body massage once a week and massaged their own abdomens twice a day during the six week experiment. Half the group received massages with grapeseed oil. The other half received an aromatherapy massage with a standardized blend of essential oils. Both groups felt better after the treatment, but the group receiving aromatherapy massage showed significant changes across all areas – body image, waist circumference and abdominal fat. (Department of Nursing, Wonkwang Health Science College, Korea) 2007)


•Twice weekly massages were given to women undergoing treatment for anorexia nervosa. As well as reporting lower levels of stress and anxiety, they also commented that they felt less dissatisfied with their bodies during the weeks that they received the massages. Blood tests also revealed lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) immediately after massage. (Touch Institute, Miami University, 2001)

The Feel Good Factor
If you want to focus on massage as a means of improving body image, the evidence suggests the following:
•Have regular treatments
•Try self-massage between treatments and focus on those problem bits. Positive attention of this kind will help you to change how you feel about your problem areas.
•In between treatments, find ways of focusing on what makes you feel good –being happy more of the time will help to improve how you feel about yourself and your body.
•Consider increasing your physical exercise – as well as releasing additional endorphins, regular physical exercise can help your body to feel stronger, more powerful and healthy.
•Turn around and nurture others with massage – it’s up to us to ensure that the next generation won’t develop similar hang-ups about their bodies. Regular massage for children helps keep them happy in themselves as well as improving sleep and reducing aggressive tendencies (additional studies carried out at the Touch Institute in Miami).

Monday, November 7, 2011

Eid Al adha deliciousness !

How are you hope all are doing good, what about your Eid?



This year we have long vacations, eid will last for 4 days and Egypt will take "free" also Thursday, and, Friday and Saturday are our weekend, so we will back to our routines on Sunday Insh'allah.





One of the things on any Eid is that you completely forget about "Diets", not that I'm in a diet, but I just keep looking how much food and not to mention the "meat", we use to eat on this days, Al hamdulillah because Allah send food to your table, Al hamdulillah because he provide all what we need and more and Alhamdulillah because he keep us healthy!.


This are some deliciousness brought by other deliciousness, my husband, I was complaining we didn't have cookies this Eid, I'm a lot busy to cook them, so he went out and brought this and other sweet things, love my husband !




Happy Eid!


Enjoy your food give thanks god you have and pray for those who are not as lucky as we are.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Egyptian Kahk recipe, to break the diet !!!





This is an Egyptian style kahk recipe. Kahk is usually prepared during Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha, and Christmas.
I know some people hate dates, but not me, I love them and even more inside any cookie :)




Ingredients
2 cups semolina flour
1 1/2 cups shortening
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup white sugar
2 cups ground walnuts
1 teaspoon rose water
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting (optional)

Preparation
Place the semolina flour into a medium bowl, and cut in shortening using a pastry blender or a fork. Pour in boiling water, and mix to form a solid dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for a minute or two to be sure the dough is well blended. Cover dough and let stand for at least one hour, or as long as overnight.
In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, ground nuts, and rose water so that the mixture is uniform. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. Knead dough again briefly, and form into walnut sized balls. Make a hole in the center using your finger. Fill the hole with the nut mixture, and seal the dough up over it.


Gently form into balls or crescents, or make designs into the dough using a fork. Place cookies at least 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Dust with confectioners sugar while still warm if desired.

Tips:


Almonds or unsalted pistachios may be used for filling also. If rose water is not available in your area, you can use 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon for flavoring.

There are many variations for shaping these cookies including rectangles rolled into mini jelly rolls, or shape 3 inch rounds from balls, place filling in the center, and fold the sides over to cover, and seal.

Friday, November 4, 2011

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Bridal hijab accessories

Salam wa leykum


Hello everybody I hope all you are OK, I just want to show you my new creation, a beaded head band for brides, that can be worn by hijabis or not hijabis, it was inspirated in the work of Johanna J., To be honest I don't like to work more with rhinestones we have had some accidents with the brides and their dresses due this rhinestones so I preffer work with beads, this is just a sample of what I have done for now still unfinished ,I hope finish it tomorrow, I promes pictures of the bridal hijab insh'allah.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

The two faces of Facebook

By Cath Elliott — Guardian News & Media Ltd

It doesn't matter how hard I study Facebook's terms and conditions, I still can't find the bit where it says: "Like Humpty Dumpty, Facebook is at complete liberty to interpret the words used in this document in any way it sees fit." And yet that's obviously what Facebook executives have been doing: making words mean what they want them to mean, or else they would have removed the pages that promote rape and other forms of violence against women months ago.



Post it

The clause in Facebook's statement of rights and responsibilities that's supposed to protect groups against violence and hate speech instructs the user: "You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence." However, Facebook has now defended the numerous pages that clearly violate these terms by claiming: "Groups that express an opinion on a state, institution, or set of beliefs — even if that opinion is outrageous or offensive to some — do not by themselves violate our policies." Which is strange, because if a page entitled "Roses are red, violets are blue, I've got a knife, get in the van" isn't hateful, threatening or violent, I don't for the life of me know what is.

It was back in August that feminists first began to notice the proliferation of pro-rape pages on the popular social networking site. Two months later, more than 176,000 people have signed a US-based petition calling on Facebook to take them down, and nearly 4,000 people have signed a UK-based petition calling for the same. The Facebook pages, such as the one cited above and others that include "You know she's playing hard to get when your [sic] chasing her down an alleyway" still remain.


Facebook's initial response to the public outcry was to suggest that promoting violence against women was equivalent to telling a rude joke down the pub: "It is very important to point out that what one person finds offensive another can find entertaining" went the bizarre rape apologia. "Just as telling a rude joke won't get you thrown out of your local pub, it won't get you thrown off Facebook."

Bitter truth

And in some ways they're right: telling a rude joke probably wouldn't get you thrown out of your local pub. I would suggest, however, that propping up your local bar while inciting others to rape your mate's girlfriend "to see if she can put up a fight" would not only get you thrown out, it would get you arrested as well. Still, at least you could log on once you got home and post your offensive comments on Facebook instead — they won't do anything about it.

What Facebook and others who defend this pernicious hate speech don't seem to get is that rapists don't rape because they're somehow evil or perverted or in any way particularly different from than the average man in the street: rapists rape because they can. Rapists rape because they know the odds are stacked in their favour, because they know the chances are they'll get away with it.

And part of the reason rapists get away with it, time after time after time, is because the UK is a society that all but condones rape. Because it is a society where it's not taken seriously, and where posting heinous comments online that promote sexual violence are not treated as hate speech or as content that threatens women's safety, but are instead treated as a joke and given a free pass.

By refusing to take these pages down, and by resorting to such a ridiculous and quite frankly offensive "rude joke" analogy to justify their decision, Facebook executives have made absolutely clear where they stand on the issue of gender-hate crime. It's fine to post hateful or threatening content on their site, just as it's fine to post content that incites violence. Well, as long as it's primarily aimed at women, that is.

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