Pity the Muslim woman. Not.

A rare – and controversial article (as most rare and enlightening articles always are) that all women of the world – free and otherwise – should read.

Called The Missionary Position, by Laila Lalami, at The Nation, this essay easily reminds us of quite a few adages, you know, the one about empty vessels and the one about judging the covers of books.

Lalami's criticism of the latest literary works by Hirsi Ali and Irshad Manji, two women I knew nothing about until I read the former's article, also serves as a caution against activists who get carried away with preaching on the basis of good old common sense and personal experience. When one's fight is fuelled by anger and revenge and the actual fight for one's beliefs, one forgets to actually live by these beliefs.

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