Choosing between a good article and a bad article

orientalismisalive:

So, instead of constantly posting the horrible articles on the region, here’s a little quiz. Which one should you read?

The subject matter is the same: The suicide of Amina Filali, a young Moroccan girl who was forced to marry her rapist.

A) Here is a piece on the Washington Post entitled, “New Arab order: In Morocco, uproar over marriage law tests Islamist government.” It begins as so:

Amina el-Filali, a moon-faced Moroccan peasant girl, seemed destined for an obscure life in this dreary little farming village 50 miles south of Tangiers.

But that was before she was lured into sexual relations at age 15 by a 23-year-old unemployed laborer who took her into a shed next to the eucalyptus grove behind her house. That was before she was ushered into an early wedding, with the man who took her virginity, by a traditional Muslim family eager to salvage its honor. And that was before she swallowed rat poison to commit suicide rather than endure what she told her mother was an unbearable marriage.

Since Amina took her life shortly before lunch March 10, she has become a national cause, an icon for women’s groups, human rights organizations, progressive politicians and millions of ­Western-oriented Moroccans who have demanded changing a law that permits marriage at such a young age.

B) Here is a piece on Jadaliyya entitled, “Young Women Demanding Justice and Dignity: By All Means Necessary.” It begins as so:

Amina Filali was a young Moroccan girl who was raped at the age of 15 then forced to marry her rapist. She was battered, bruised, and starved until she committed suicide in March 2012. She was 16 years old. Contributing to Amina’s suicide are her rapist turned husband, article 475 of the Moroccan penal code that absolves an aggressor of his crime once he consents to marrying his rape victim, the judge who called for a mediation instead of a prosecution against the offender, the police, and the religious clerics who have given their blessings to the rapist. Amina’s suicide exposes, once again, an entirely flawed legal system and deeply distorted patriarchal honor code that decriminalizes the oppressor and condemns the victim.

Behind her death is the lethal combination of state sanctioned gender violence, legal blindness, and societal silence.

Article 475 of the Moroccan Penal code states:

“Whoever, without violence, threats or fraud, abducts or attempts to remove or divert a minor under eighteen years, is punished by imprisonment of one to five years and a fine of 200 to 500 Dirhams. When a nubile minor is removed or diverted marries her captor, the latter may only be prosecuted when a complaint if filed by a person(s) entitled to apply for annulment of marriage and cannot be sentenced until after the annulment of marriage been pronounced.”

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4 questions:

  1. Which one begins with factual information instead of plunging into a problematic interpretation of the situation?
  2. Which one objectifies Amina as a “moon-faced Moroccan peasant girl” and which one addresses Amina as a “young Moroccan girl?”
  3. Which one refers to Amina’s rape as being “lured into sexual relations” and which one refers to Amina’s rape as rape?
  4. Which one points to a “traditional Muslim family” wanting to “salvage its honor” as the root cause for the situation and which one points to a nuanced breakdown of the situation all based on an “entirely flawed legal system and deeply distorted patriarchal honor code?”

I think I can get this one…

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sharquaouia:

A cartoon depicting the only woman minister in the Moroccan cabinet, Bassima Hakkaoui’s recent comments during a press conference regarding the case of Amina Filali. 
“Cover (hijab) or be raped.”
The Party of Justice and Development (PJD), the party that won the Moroccan elections in November also commented that aside from the fact that Amina Filali was forced to marry her rapist, she was also a minor. When asked about underage marriages, the PJD said this matter is closed off for debate.
Welcome to post-constitutional reform, post-election Morocco.

uggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
this is why pushing solely for “more women in positions of power” isn’t the bestest of aims

** TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE APOLOGY **

sharquaouia:

A cartoon depicting the only woman minister in the Moroccan cabinet, Bassima Hakkaoui’s recent comments during a press conference regarding the case of Amina Filali. 

“Cover (hijab) or be raped.”

The Party of Justice and Development (PJD), the party that won the Moroccan elections in November also commented that aside from the fact that Amina Filali was forced to marry her rapist, she was also a minor. When asked about underage marriages, the PJD said this matter is closed off for debate.

Welcome to post-constitutional reform, post-election Morocco.

uggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

this is why pushing solely for “more women in positions of power” isn’t the bestest of aims

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sharquaouia:


Amina lived with her unemployed husband in a small shack next to his family’s home and was reportedly beaten regularly by him and his mother.
“She came home a lot because she was scared and she said they hit her,” said Zohra Filali about her daughter, her composure cracking as she told the story. “I didn’t tell my husband because I was hoping it would improve.”
— Morocco suicide victim fell prey to society, laws via AP

Image from a sit-in today in front of the Moroccan parliament building. The middle sign reads, “Article 475 killed me,” which was the article cited to justify the forced marriage between Amina Filali and her rapist. [Source]

sharquaouia:

Amina lived with her unemployed husband in a small shack next to his family’s home and was reportedly beaten regularly by him and his mother.

“She came home a lot because she was scared and she said they hit her,” said Zohra Filali about her daughter, her composure cracking as she told the story. “I didn’t tell my husband because I was hoping it would improve.”

— Morocco suicide victim fell prey to society, laws via AP

Image from a sit-in today in front of the Moroccan parliament building. The middle sign reads, “Article 475 killed me,” which was the article cited to justify the forced marriage between Amina Filali and her rapist. [Source]

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"Moroccans are strengthening their own democracy. Young people are having a say in their own future. His Majesty King Mohammed VI has begun the process of reform. We see women’s rights protected and expanded, a more transparent and accountable government, establishing the Arab world’s very first truth commission on human rights.

So Mr. Minister, on behalf of my government, let me congratulate your government and His Majesty on the successful constitutional referendum and parliamentary elections that occurred during this momentous last year. The Moroccan constitution provides for an independent judiciary. It contains new protections for freedom of thought, expression, and other universal rights. I was just briefed by the new speaker of the parliament, who advised me that Morocco now has more women in public office than any other Arab country. And frankly, the percentage is as good as we have in our own country in terms of women’s representation in the parliament."

Hillary Clinton, on human rights and women’s rights in Morocco.

Go to hell, Hillary Clinton.

Young people in the Feb20 movement are getting battered by state police. Only a week or so ago did Amina Filali commit suicide because she was forced to marry her rapist and abuser. The reforms put forward didn’t challenge the political hegemony of the monarchy in Morocco. Any human rights qualifications are rendered meaningless by the continued military and social repression of the Sahrawi people and the resource exploitation of the Western Sahara.

…and in the words of ibnkafka, on the ‘women’s rights are as good as in the US’ bit - “Says a lot about the US then…”