Monthly Archives: February 2011

Muslim Man Found Guilty of Beheading his Wife in NYC

Mr. Hassan is the founder of a cable television network aimed at combating negative Muslim stereotypes in America. He was found guilty of decapitating his wife after she filed for divorce and threatened to take their children from him. There was also a history of domestic violence in the family. There are several interesting cultural aspects at play with this article, including his lawyers defense which included saying that she had threatened to “embarrass” him and take his children, and that ultimately he was in “fear for his life.” The issue of domestic violence in this country and all over the world is staggering (“the police had been called to the home several times on domestic violence calls…no arrests ever made?”) and the sad fact that women are most likely to be killed by a partner/former partner. Also interesting are the comments, which are quick to point the fingers at the fact that they were Muslim. – Lenna

The Socialization of Girls in the US


Hey everyone, since we discussed this show in class, Toddlers and Tiaras, I thought it would be a good idea to let others see what this show is all about.

This link is a great example for the socialization of girls in the US.  The name of this show is Toddlers and Tiaras. Watch how the mothers encourage certain behaviors in their daughters.  This socialization process is helping to form the future women of our country.

Questions for thought:
Is this  really what we want future women in the US to be like? While the family is hoping to create a college fund for their child wouldn’t the money that is going toward the pageant be better spent if it were to be put  into a savings account?  

~Jessica Wagoner

From Feministing, a New Report Details Injustices Against Transgendered Individuals in the US

A new distressing report from the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force details the physical, mental and emotional repercussions transgendered individuals face due to their “othered” status in the United States today.  One of the most alarming statistics shows that the rate of suicide attemps among transgendered individuals is 26 times higher than that of the rest of American society.

An except from the report reads, “In 1995, D.C. resident Tyra Hunter died from entirely treatable injuries incurred in a car accident. First, the firefighters who arrived at the scene stopped emergency medical treatment once they cut away her clothes to discover male genitalia…Once they stopped joking around and got her to the emergency room, the doctor refused to treat her. She died there of blunt force trauma and medical negligence. Fifteen years after Hunter’s death, the survey’s numbers still stink: 19 percent of respondents reported being refused care because of their gender identity or expression, with even higher figures for respondents of color. Nearly 3 percent reported being attacked in emergency rooms.”