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anonymous asked:

knowing that you're shia, have you experienced any difficulty? I know that shias are a minority group that is frequently targetted by extremist groups and what do people think of you now that you've converted?

(Note: it wasn’t a conversion, I was still a Muslim before, we simply prefer “progression” as the appropriate term for a Muslim who becomes a follower of Imam Ali (a) [=Shi’atu Ali])

I haven’t experienced any difficulty in proportion to what the Shi'as are going through in the MENA and SA regions. However, as far as I’ve experienced any difficulty after my progression, the only one who opposed me with great force was my own mother, because she’s a Sunni and she’s held a great deal of prejudice against Shias for much about her life, although, she still rejects sectarianism, it was just impossible for her to believe that her son would take such a step.
Regardless, my mother came to terms with my progression and accepted the fact that I was Shia, although it is difficult for her to come to terms with my “alteration”, my love for her remains just the same as it was before I progressed, and God forbid I would distance myself from her.

Other than seeing our Shia mosque in flames due to unclear motives, I’m pretty open about my faith in public (wearing conspicuous accessories, such as the sword around my neck and the rings on my right hand), I haven’t really faced any opposition, however, my mom was initially very opposed to my progression and threatened to disassociate with me and throw me out of the house, but she dropped those threats, and gradually opened up and accepted my choice. So we’re in good terms!

I believe the difficult parts that I expect to face in life are the people I know – who adhere to Sunni Islam – will be very perplexed to hear about my choice and might potentially oppose me or disassociate with me.

However, I am ready to fight a Wahabi!

starklordwars  asked:

Hi! I've recently read your meta Bride of the Monstrous, and noticed that you reference lots of fairy tales, folklore, and myths. That's why I am wondering if you know of any really good online essays, or analyses for the original version of Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve; specifically ones that cover the theme of redemption. I need this for a school research paper, and nothing I've found is good enough. Thank you!

Hey–so sorry I didn’t get this sooner as I was on vacation, hopefully you still need this but if not my apologies. 

@starwarsnonsense clued me into Marina Warner’s From the Beast to the Blonde which is a really deep, rich, and meandering dive into the history of storytelling and folklore/fairy tales with an emphasis on women’s roles as both storytellers and protagonists. The chapter on Beauty and the Beast can be previewed here, but the book is only available in hard copy. 

@lomesasfannishthings has credit for showing me the The Beauty in the Beast Project, which while specifically constructed for ASOIAF analysis has some excellent excerpts and analyses of the ATU 425 mythos

Also see the sources for this paper, and this paper, which were in my pile of links from last year. Best of luck!

One of the earliest Māori suffragettes, Meri Te Tai Mangakahia (22 May 1868 – 10 October 1920)

Meri Te Tai was of Ngati Te Reinga, Ngati Manawa and Te Kaitutae, three hapu (’clans’) of Te Rarawa, an iwi (’tribe’) in Northland). She was well educated, studying at St Mary’s Convent in Auckland and was an accomplished pianist. In 1893 she became the first woman to address the Maori parliament, asking that women be given not only voting rights but to be eligible to take a seat within the parliament as well.

E whakamoemiti atu ana ahau kinga honore mema e noho nei, kia ora koutou. katoa, ko te take i motini atu ai ahan, ki te Tumuaki Honore, me nga mema honore, ka mahia he ture e tenei whare kia whakamana nga wahine ki te pooti mema mo ratou ki te Paremata Maori. 1. He nui nga wahine o Nui Tireni kua mate a ratou taane, a he whenua karati, papatupu o ratou. 2. He nui nga wahine o Nui Tireni kua mate o ratou matua, kaore o ratou tungane, he karati, he papatupu o ratou. 3. He nui nga wahine mohio o Nui Tireni kei te moe tane, kaore nga tane e mohio ki te whakahaere i o raua whenua. 4. He nui nga wahine kua koroheketia o ratou matua, he wahine mohio, he karati, he papatupu o ratou. 5. He nui nga tane Rangatira o te motu nei kua inoi ki te kuini, mo nga mate e pa ara kia tatou, a kaore tonu tatou i pa ki te ora i runga i ta ratou inoitanga. Na reira ka inoi ahau ki tenei whare kia tu he mema wahine. Ma tenei pea e tika ai, a tera ka tika ki te tuku inoi nga mema wahine ki te kuini, mo nga mate kua pa nei kia tatou me o tatou whenua, a tera pea e whakaae mai a te kuini ki te inoi a ona hoa Wahine Maori i te mea he wahine ano hoki a te kuini.

English Translation:
I exult the honourable members of this gathering. Greetings. The reason I move this motion before the principle member and all honourable members so that a law may emerge from this parliament allowing women to vote and women to be accepted as members of the parliament. Following are my reasons that present this motion so that women may receive the vote and that there be women members: 1. There are many women who have been widowed and own much land. 2. There are many women whose fathers have died and do not have brothers. 3. There are many women who are knowledgeable of the management of land where their husbands are not. 4. There are many women whose fathers are elderly, who are also knowledgeable of the management of land and own land. 5. There have been many male leaders who have petitioned the Queen concerning the many issues that affect us all, however, we have not yet been adequately compensated according to those petitions. Therefore I pray to this gathering that women members be appointed. Perhaps by this course of action we may be satisfied concerning the many issues affecting us and our land. Perhaps the Queen may listen to the petitions if they are presented by her Maori sisters, since she is a woman as well.

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“He looks once in my eyes, a question still there. But we are beyond questions. We are in a place where there are only answers, and my answer to him is yes.” (merry xmas, shirley)

“Dinah has A LOT of Family” I do , and during this Fifth Harmony Journey I’ve included just about 203920+ more into my family circle ❤️😂 I’m eternally grateful for the people Heavenly Father has surrounded me with and the life that he has blessed me with. I’m in Peru right now bout to start of this#727TOUR with my GIRLS !! What a great way to start this MASSIVE TOUR with our fans AHHH!!! I love you guys so so much !!! OFA ATU (I LOVE YOU) ❤️❤️ (by dinahjane97)

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dinahjane97“Dinah has A LOT of Family” I do , and during this Fifth Harmony Journey I’ve included just about 203920+ more into my family circle ❤️😂 I’m eternally grateful for the people Heavenly Father has surrounded me with and the life that he has blessed me with. I’m in Peru right now bout to start of this #727TOUR with my GIRLS !! What a great way to start this MASSIVE TOUR with our fans AHHH!!! I love you guys so so much !!! OFA ATU (I LOVE YOU) ❤️❤️