Rollin' Like Sisyphus

An Unsettling Revelation

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on May 13, 2015
Times up.

Times up.

While it’s obvious on the surface to anyone paying attention, sometimes you come across a few things in quick succession that just slaps you in the face and reiterates something you’ve long feared to be true.
For me, it was the following three things in the span of about 20 minutes:

#1:

During the week spent on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” the class was instructed to read the myths of Persephone and Daphne, both of which include vivid depictions of rape and sexual assault. As a survivor of sexual assault, the student described being triggered while reading such detailed accounts of rape throughout the work. However, the student said her professor focused on the beauty of the language and the splendor of the imagery when lecturing on the text. As a result, the student completely disengaged from the class discussion as a means of self-preservation. She did not feel safe in the class. When she approached her professor after class, the student said she was essentially dismissed, and her concerns were ignored.

#2:

CJ identifies as non-binary, which means they doesn’t recognise themselves as male or female, but part of a third, neutral gender. (Instead of using the pronouns “he” or “she”, the word “they” is a common gender-neutral alternative.) The word “Mx” was first suggested in the late-1970s as a feminist word for those who didn’t want their gender to be revealed in their title, and there are many men and women who use Mx for similar reasons today. However, the title has also become popular among those who identify as non-binary – though there are no official figures, non-binary people make up around 0.4% of the population, according to a Equality and Human Rights Commission survey of 10,000 people in the UK.

#3:

“Just having a sister follow you on Facebook or Twitter is a fitnah which triggers waswasah [whispers of Satan] in his mind. Even if a man was married to four women, a fifth can also cause him fitnah. Imagine being the cause for a Mujaahid slipping in his intentions. Even a passing thought of riya [showing off] is sufficient to damage all his good deeds. So my sisters, please be considerate when following Mujaahideen online.” Abu Sa’eed acknowledges that “sometimes a sister may be completely innocent and pure hearted when she speaks to a Mujaahid and expresses her admiration of him, however man was created weak, and is easily inclined towards the tenderness of a female.”

The revelation that these brief passages reiterated is the unsettling notion that, at least in the broad strokes, straight white men may be the only subset of people capable of self-composure.
Enjoy the twilight while you can. It’s going to be a long night.

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