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Introducing myself and my journal: The Quest and the Journey

About Me:
I have landed here after bumping into Fozia Yasin's article on laughing women. " A laughing woman is a free woman. She is a fearless woman". Inspired by the cry of laughter which Fozia evokes in this article and which resonates with my memories of childhood and adolescence, I join World Pulse with the desire and hope to add a voice to the laughing crowds of fearless women who are, or are fighting to be, free. And to know about, and help in my own way, those who are not yet free, who are not yet laughing, who are not yet conscious of their own fear.

My Passions:
music, art, yoga, mythology, travelling

My Challenges:
all of the above

My Vision for the Future:
several, and none.

Comments

jacollura's picture

Hello and welcome!

Emanuela, welcome to the World Pulse community! I, too, was inspired by Fozia's post. Thank you for adding your own voice. I look forward to hearing more from you!
All the best,
Julie

Dear Emanuela,

I'm so glad you found World Pulse and have joined this community of women. I just read Fozia Yasin's article (thank you for referencing it) and found it so inspiring too. You have written some powerful words as well:
" I join World Pulse with the desire and hope to add a voice to the laughing crowds of fearless women who are, or are fighting to be, free. And to know about, and help in my own way, those who are not yet free, who are not yet laughing, who are not yet conscious of their own fear."

Beautiful!! Thank you so much for adding your voice. I join you in being one of those women.

A new member myself, I am really excited to be here, and to listen. (And to contribute myself, on occasion). If you haven't looked at it yet, please check out the Getting Started Guide to help get you started on networking and navigating the site: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

Also there are two campaigns to know about, currently underway:
1) Participate in our current Digital Action Campaign on the theme "Girls Transform the World" http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/girlstransform/girls-transform-the-world

2) Write on the topic of Maternal Health for the chance to be published in our e-magazine

Thanks for joining, and I look forward to hearing more from you in the days to come!

In friendship,

Susan

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

kmwelch's picture

Dear Emanuela, Welcome to the

Dear Emanuela,

Welcome to the PulseWire community! If you haven't already, I encourage you to look around and learn more about the events and resources being shared by our encouraging network and strengthen it further by contributing your valuable perspective with us.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Warmly,
Katie

Emanuela_'s picture

Thank you all

Thank you all for your welcoming message. I am planning on visiting and contributing here with my ideas as much as I can. I live in London where there is a very big Muslim community whose males all too often confront me as a woman "who talks too much". These are the exact words I was told by a muslim male seller who was asking me many questions while I was trying to buy a watch in a market. We were in conversation as I recently visited Morocco and I was keen on sharing the lovely experience I had there with someone who (I thought) came from a similar culture (namely Pakistan, but i was totally wrong). He was not interested in my ideas or enthusiasm AT ALL. BUT he was asking me A LOT of questions. The questions were of this kind: "Where are you from? Where do you live? Do you have a boyfriend? Are you married? " I replied to a few until I said "Now this is too many questions, let's return to the watch shall we". He did not like that I (a woman) could take the initiative to start or end a conversation at my own will. So he made me pay and then said i talked too much (when he was the one asking a lot of questions).
Now, let's clarify something. I love Arabic music, architecture, language, food, and more. I am affiliated to NO religion, and interested in knowing about the history of ALL of them. By reflecting on the similarities of all religions I have come to realize once more how devoid of any spiritual value they are, and how ridiculous certain beliefs are when they come to the subject of women. It is DISGUSTING to read and discover how misogynistic so many so called sacred scriptures are and yet women have to read passages from them to be reminded of how WRONG they are and HOW MUCH MORE FEMINISM the world still needs! Our western/eastern cultures are mostly shaped on those scriptures even though these are only about 2000 years old. The memory of peaceful pre-masculine civilizations of about 10-6000 years ago, where earth and nature goddesses prevailed, is often lost or overlooked.

But it is there that my gaze is oriented to, there I look towards to catch a glimpse of the eternal that has been stolen from us; that legacy I seek to reorient the ax of my own world so vulgarly misshaped and deformed by the curse of war, male domination and the prejudice of so many, so many men in this world who think that a woman who DECIDES when to start and when to finish a conversation is a woman who talks too much. These artificially created systems of (dis)order DO NOT BELONG TO ME nor to any woman who - as such - has been made silent and forgotten by precisely those systems of power and thought control. I am sick with disgust. And I laugh out loud, and I talk as much as I possibly can. And I laugh. And I talk. And I laugh, and I talk. I have a body that makes me laugh, and makes me talk. I DECIDE WHEN TO START, and I DECIDE WHEN TO STOP.
Those Muslim men had better get this right as this AIN'T GONNA CHANGE. Not for me, nor for other women out there. You.
Peace.

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