Archive for November, 2006

email addresses and arabs

Posted in Jordan Idiocracy on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 by dragonsvamp

I’ve noticed that Jordanians are obsessed with numbers and underscores in their email addresses.

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Midterms and More Culture Crap

Posted in My University Life on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 by dragonsvamp

Today was my last midterm.  I just realized that its going to be the last midterm I’m going to be taking in a long long time.  That is a very very nice realization and because of it my awful day has become a tad brighter.   No more studying for me for at least another eight months!

Anyways, after my midterm I hung out with some friends as usual.  At a little before four KC and I walked Aminoto her class and since we were a bit early I decided I was going to pray while she waited around until her class started.  So I decided not to bother to find an empty classroom and instead I prayed outside on the sidewalk.  While I was praying Amino and KC were approached by a woman who told them that what I was doing was Haram (prohibited) and that I as a woman can’t pray outside.

 I can’t remember exactly what Amino and KC told her but she soon left with their assurance that I will be told when I finish praying.  After I finished Amino and KC were expecting me to just go off on how stupid and narrow minded the Arabs here are.  Instead I was very quiet.  So for a secon they thought I hadn’t heard what the woman had told them. 

My response to them was pretty calm (I just didn’t have much energy to get worked up about it as I usually do) and I was like, ‘As long as I know what I’m doing is permissible, I don’t care what anyone says.’

It was time for Amino to leave and KC and I walked back to the street we had dubbed Sinner’s St.  We didn’t go far before a guy sitting on the side with a girl stopped us and was telling me how what I had just done was haram.  This made me almost laugh. (I was so not in a good mood).  He was sitting there with a girl who wasn’t even wearing the hijab properly and he’s telling me that praying in a public area is prohibited? What hipocrisy!

 I tried to tell him that I had asked before about this and there was nothing in Islam that forbade women from praying in public (as in out of doors).  Absolutly nothing.  I tried to tell him that what he was telling me was a bunch of bullcrap his society had conjured up which I like to call culture. (Of course I said it in much nicer phrasing.)  But as usual he wasn’t willing to listen he just wanted to get me to agree with him that I was wrong and he is right.

However, he just couldn’t get it through to his thick skull that I was actually denying his little tidbit of false information.  I think he was just too shocked for me to point out that a. he was smoking and b. he was hanging out with a girl who though wearing the hijab it was so not the correct way of wearing it and he should have given her some advice since he was so bold to give a total stranger some.  Like how dare I, a foreigner and a woman dispute what he was telling me?

In the end, (since he wasn’t listening) he gave up and just said, ‘I’m only trying to help you learn more about your religion.’ (He seems to think that since I’m a ‘forienger’ I know nothing about my religion).

(Written Nov. 23d-26th 2004)

synicism

Posted in Jordan Idiocracy, RandomVille on Sunday, November 26, 2006 by dragonsvamp

…is what living in Jordan has taught me to use pretty well in my writing and my life.

UPDATE:

synicism= sarcasm+ cynical

(yup I’ve created a new word)

Filthy…

Posted in NOTE on Sunday, November 26, 2006 by dragonsvamp

The university…

From Head to Toe…

Posted in My University Life on Friday, November 24, 2006 by dragonsvamp

Strawberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla…

Brainwashed Arama

Posted in Jordan Idiocracy, My University Life on Friday, November 24, 2006 by dragonsvamp

Yesterday in my Novel class we were discussing eighteenth century English society and the Jordanian society of today.  The professor asked if the two societies were similar or not.  This led to a pretty heated discussion where the class was adamant that the two societies are in no way similar.

 Personally, I made it clear that I believed that both societies are very very similar.  Not 100% literally but pretty near that.  In the eighteenth century marriage was a very important thing; it was a topic on everyone’s mind young and old.  And no matter how hard my classmates tried to deny it we all know that that is something that everyone thinks of here in this society.  It is the goal of most of the young adults here.  The girls go to university in hope to quickly finish their education and get settled down by getting married right afterwards.  The men go to university in hopes of getting a high paying job in order for them to be able to get married and have a home of his own.

 In the eighteenth century England if a woman didn’t get a husband she either lived to be a spinster (which was considered a very bad thing) or she would become a whore.  Though this does not fully apply to this society, it still in a way does.  Women who don’t get married are looked down upon and are thought to have ‘something wrong’ in them.  And I’m positive to some minor percentage some of them become whores, but this is not as much as in eighteenth century England. 

Then the professor asked them, ‘In this society today is it possible for a woman to be completely independant?’  It seems as though the students didn’t understand her question.  Because they were all nodding and everyone who said anything only talked about how women can work and find jobs without problems.  They seem to have a very narrow opinion of what ‘independant’ actually means.  To them it means being able to work. 

In this society it is almost impossible for a single woman to be completely independent (as in living on her own and working and being answerable to no one but herself).  Those that do break away and actually do go against society and live independently are looked down upon in this society.  Exactly like 18th century England.

The discusion went on but I was heartly sick of their narrow mindedness that I gave up.

But just to close off this post I would just like to note that some perverted student (either before the class started or from a student in the previous class) wrote on the blackboard  ‘The woman leaves her home only twice; to her husband and to the grave.’

Sleep Talking

Posted in RandomVille on Thursday, November 23, 2006 by dragonsvamp

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 I found out today when I spent the night out at my friend’s house that I can actually carry out a full length conversation while I’m asleep and wake up completely and utterly none the wiser for it all.