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Oprah, Diddy and Other Goodies at GC

I haven’t written here much lately because I haven’t got much to say these days. The stuff I do have to say I send off to GlobalComment or other such fun places what pay me. So I thought that, in addition to some shameless self-promotion that I’m about to do, I should also promote some other good stuff I’ve been reading. To wit, Joe Sapien’s take on Diddy as the next Bond. We take a break from his usual sarcastic tone to sample some flabbergasted outrage and the foolishness that is Diddy. In addition, there’s a good assessment of Obama’s Change.gov blog thing by Sarah Jaffe that you should take a look at. The piéce de resistance, though, is Renee Martin’s take on the fatness of Oprah and how we should shame her for being ashamed of it (my interpretation – not what she actually actually said) rather than point fingers at her for being fat in the first place. (In fact, she didn’t say at all that we should shame Oprah – I just think that Oprah should be ashamed of her shame. All that wealth, accomplishment and power and her weighing scale can break her heart? Pff. Stupid world.)

And I wrote about Mumbai because I do that kinda thing. This is the part where I’m shamelessly self-promoting, btw.

That’s all, folks.

Chay Magazine Issue 2 Call for Submissions!

This issue will address themes of sex and sexuality as they interact with the daily politics of human life. We are looking for feature articles and non-fiction that deal with

1.    Gender Roles

–    gender roles and gender expectations in the family and society in general
–    socialization at home and at school
–    gender role education in single gender schools and co-educational schools
–    gender role education in private schools and government schools
–    gender roles in the curriculum
–    the teaching of marriage as the final or one of the final destinations of a person, particularly a woman
–    gender roles and class variations
–    female and male autonomy from familial and other social institutions in different class strata

2.    Sex/Sexuality, Feminism and Activism in Pakistan & Abroad

–    the feminist movement in Pakistan – its history and its attention to sex and sexuality
–    what feminism means in the Pakistani context
–    women’s groups in Pakistan, their missions, agendas, histories
–    Pakistani feminism in comparison to other regional or international feminisms
–    sexual violence and the feminist movement in Pakistan
–    sexual rights movement in Pakistan, South Asia and globally
–    gender diversity activism in Pakistan, South Asia and globally
–    sexual orientation and queer activism in Pakistan
–    non-“feminist” activism on issues of sex and sexuality in Pakistan, South Asia and abroad
–    transnational feminism and sex and sexuality activism

Please submit features, non-fiction and fiction of between 500-1200 words; no more than 3 poems; no more than 3 pieces of visual art (min. resolution 300dpi) to CHAYMAGAZINE AT GMAIL DOT COM .


DEADLINE:  December 15, 2008

As GlobalComment’s Newest Celebrity Editor…

…or summat, I thought I ought to point out that GlobalComment is in fact one of the most interesting sites in which to find poetry, not just because they publish mine upon occasion, but because poetry resides there in the midst of politics and commentary, which is where it ought to be. So go have a look at GlobalComment’s poetry line-up. And if you find what you like, I shall point you in the direction particularly of their sister site ArabComment’s stuff on and from muslim women because it is consistently intelligent, more interesting than MWU!’s progressive fundamentalism (okay, that might be an exaggeration) but still countering western notions successfully.

Chay Magazine Call for Submissions

Call for submissions
(Visit http://chaymagazine.org for details)

Deadline: May 15, 2008

Having observed in Pakistani society, a disturbing tendency towards fear and shame around issues of sex and sexuality – that is to say, around a normal human interaction – the founders of Chay Magazine feel that sex and sexuality should enter the public discourse. The taboo and silence around sex and sexuality are oppressive on all of us, irrespective of gender, and lead, at the very least, to unhappiness in our daily lives and, more often, to violence, shame, depression, ill health and general social malaise. We at Chay Magazine endeavor to bring to the Pakistani reading public a place to converse about those things we are most shy of. Our hope is that, through this, we can become braver and stronger, more powerful, self-assured, and just and fair members of society.

Our focus is on Pakistani society and our themes emerge from this context. However, Pakistan is only our starting point. Chay Magazine aims to enter the fray of international feminist discourse and, as such, we invite writers of all nationalities, geographies, stripes to contribute. We are not so much interested in where you come from as in what you have to say.

For the first few issues, we have outlined some broad themes, which are listed below. While we are looking in particular for work around those themes, we are always looking ahead to later issues so, if you have some work kicking around that you’d like to submit, feel free.

Let’s Talk about Sex
o Talking about sex and sexuality – why do it, the taboos around it, the problems with it, the silences
o Sex/Gender, gender roles and gender identity
o Talking about sex and romance
o Standards of “moral” conduct relating to sex

The Politics of Sex
o Sex-positivity
o Sex and feminism in Pakistan
o The politics of shame
o Religion and sex(uality)
o Visions for a new Pakistani Feminism

o Sex: enjoyment, coercion, guilt, force
o Sex and marriage
o Domestic violence and rape
o Virginity

o Saying no and saying yes
o “Sluts” and “whores”
o Sex-work
o Religion and Sex
o Virginity
o Re-appropriating language

We are looking for

– Feature Articles 500-1000 words. These can be analysis, commentary, historical explorations or any other non-fiction on the theme of the issue.
– Poetry and Fiction. There is no real restriction on the subject of the poem or story. If it gives a nod in the direction of the theme, we’re happy. Please send no more than 3 poems or fiction pieces in the vicinity of 1000 words.
– Artwork. Again, there is no particular restriction on artwork. If there is particular work you are interested in submitting, please email in with a query.
– Translations. We accept original translations of thematically relevant works in any genre, from any language.

Send queries and submissions to: chaymagazine AT gmail DOT com . Please attach .rtf or .doc files (we cannot accept .docx files), .jpg or .pdf for images. Please send in a small bio along with your submission as well.

We are an utterly non-profit, non-commercial, money-less concern; therefore we cannot offer any compensation to our writers. In time, we hope to become rich, famous and commercial, at which point we hope to offer you pots of money.

Kyla Pasha and Sarah Suhail
Co-executive editors, Chay Magazine

Stuff White People Like

I just had a look at Stuff White People Like and I’m not impressed. Maybe Dave ruined it for me with his review, which I read before I read the site itself. But I didn’t find it particularly clever. Aside from “being an expert on YOUR culture” and “making you feel bad about not going out”, I didn’t really find any of them particularly funny, or spot on. As a friend of mine said, it’s much more about upper middle class white social democrats than just generically white people. But even still. It’s just sort of dumb.


XKCD is a beautiful thing.


آج کی شاعری

I Don’t Burn -by Kevin Young

Dear Darkness—consider this
my last attempt

to reach you. My previous
few missives

having boomeranged back
unread, postmarks blurred

by the gloved hands
that tried carrying

them to your door.
Or, torn

by the machines.
I wish

…Read the rest here

Fuck Was I

May I present to you a lovely lovely song that Joel just pointed me to?
Jenny Owen YoungsFuck Was I

I tried to embed it, but it broke my blog.

And Then America Does Something Fun

You’ve got to love a headline that goes Nude Couple Grapple Over Dog.

A police report said the man, 26, wanted his dog to join them in the bathroom, but the woman objected on Thursday night.

The woman told her boyfriend that if the dog doesn’t stay out, she didn’t want to be his girlfriend anymore. He replied that maybe his next girlfriend would appreciate the dog more, and called her a name.

For Annabel, a Translation

My country, I give myself over to your streets
where we have learned again that no one must walk tall.
That if some lover of yours steps out on his devotions,
he must lower his eyes, he much watch his back.
For devotees must hold now the heartbreaking knowledge
that the bricks have been locked up and the dogs set free.

There is excuse enough for tyranny. And the few
madmen who call your name find
those crazed with want prosecuting them, judging them,
and wonder who will defend them, who is there that’s just.

But those who will pass the time, will pass the time,
counting the nights and days of separation, like this:

When the prison window dimmed, I imagined
that maybe the stars entangled themselves in your hair;
and when the window bars shone, I knew
that morning had lit up your face again.

Though we may watch the days and nights go past
in the shadow of these walls and the door that’s barred,

this is how people have always fought with tyrants –
theirs isn’t a new way; and neither is ours.
This is how we’ve always grown flowers in fire:
their defeat isn’t new; and neither is our win.

So I don’t curse the sky for lighting. I don’t resent our separation.

Because if today we are separated, tomorrow, we’ll be together.
This night and this distance is no great thing.
If today our enemies have floated up to the zenith,
it’s a few days of godhood; it’s no great thing.

Because those who keep faith in their love for you
know what the cure is for these endless days and nights.

– Faiz Ahmed Faiz
tr. Kyla Pasha

The above is a complete experiment and not to be reproduced under any circumstances without my permission. It’s up here for critique and because a friend was wondering about all the Urdu.

Now This Blog is Protesting

It was before as well, but it’s louder now, and has red in it.

So I sent Joel  to this page, who’s one of my best friends and basically my main censor board for web-designy things. And the following conversation ensued about the header (edited a bit):

Joel: !!!

Joel: Who are these sad, sad faces?

Me: Pakistanis. Oppressed.

Joel: !!

Me: By, you know, all those folks who are oppressing us.

Me: I’m oppressed.

Me: Can you feel the oppression?

Joel: So that’s what oppression looks like!

Me: Darn tootin’!

Joel: That one in the middle must be you, because you don’t keep your mouth shut, and you aren’t dead, but you do often feel like nails are being driven into your head. Am I right?

Me: Absolutely.

Joel: Oh yay! I love it when I win at these games!

This has been your comic relief in emergency times.

سی ڈی اے کی ترقی پسند مہم

یہ اسلام آباد کو کیا ہو گیا ہے؟ گولڑا موڑ اور جی ـ ۹ کے درمیان سڑکوں پر قیامت آئی ہوئی ہے! سی ڈی اے نے لگتا ہے کہ باجماعت کوئی پکا نشا کِیا ہوا ہےـ اُس قسم کا نشا جس سے عجیب عجیب سین نظر آنے لگیں ـ کیونکہ جہاں دیکھو، نئی سڑک ـ میرے کھر کے سامنے سے 7 ایونیو گزرا کرتی تھی ـ بلکل سادہ سی سڑک ہے، مارگلہ سے قائدِ اعظم تک جاتی ہے، اور اس کے بعد آبپارہ ـ اب اس سڑک سے اسکا نام چِھن گیا ہے اور اس کے عین ساتھ، کہہ لو دو تین سو گز کے فاصلہ پر دو لین ڈبل روڈ بن گئی ہے، بمع انڈر پاس جو سیدھے آبپارہ جاتی ہےـ اس کا نام 7 ایونیو پڑ گیا ہے اور میری چھوٹی سی سڑک بے نام اور ناکارہ ہو چکی ہےـ اوپر سے مارگلہ پر ان دونوں سڑکوں کے لیے الگ الگ سگنل ہیں ، تاکہ آپ کا سفر رنگ برنکا اور خوشگوار گزرےـ

مگر میری سمجھ میں یہ بات نہیں آتی کہ ایک دم سے اس سال سٰ ڈی اے کو کیا سوجھی کہ اسلام آباد کے ساتھ یوں ترقی بالجبر ہو رہی ہے؟ قسم سے دو میٹر کے شہر میں سولہ میٹر سڑک کھینچ دی ہے، گھر ملے نہ ملے، گاڑی پر سیر کرنے میں کوئی دشواری نہیں ہوتی ـ بلکہ اگر آپ کو اپنا گھر نہ ملے، سمجھیں کہ سماج کی بہتری کے لیے اسکو کسی سوپر ہائی وے کی نذر کر کہ گِرا دیو گیا ہےـ

Urdu on the Web

Please have a look at the new link category called “urdu” in the sidebar. I’ve found a bunch of blogs that are in Urdu and which have all kinds of varied themes, but tend to all at least nod in the direction of politics, if not more. They’re all quite interesting and worth agreeing or disagreeing with civilly and sensibly.

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday who was saying that we don’t have much discourse in our lives. Meaning that we don’t allow a conversation to flourish, especially if we identify that other person conversing as a combatant for some kind. So we don’t talk.

So I thought, this would be one way to talk. One other way, anyway. Blogging itself is a combination of  comfort in the knowledge that you are the queen of your world and an excitement at the possibility of talking to people online that otherwise you would never converse with succecssfully.

Therefore: check out them blogs. They are appearing on my computer in standard Naskh font but I think Windows might have picked up a bit and might now be able to read the difference between Naskh and Nastaleeq. For those of you who don’t know the difference, Naskh is the script which, for example, BBC Urdu uses and Nastaleeq is the default font on InPage and in newspapers. Nastaleeq is much prettier but hasn’t, I believe, been coded for universal readability.

Heroes of Urdu on the internet:

اردو سیارہ والوں نے جو کام کیا ہے ویسے اس کے ٓآگے باقی سائٹس کچھ ماٹھی لگتی ہیں ـ اردو ویب بلاگ پر دیکھیں تو لگتا ہے کہ ویب پروگرامر لوگ روز کوئی نیا ویب ششکہ تیار کر دیتے ہیں ـ اللہ جانے ٹائم کہاں سے ملتا ہے لیکن میں زیادہ سوال پوچھنے والوں میں سے نہیں ہوں ـ شکر ہے یہ کام کوئی کر رہا ہےـ  بس اگر کوئی ہم بے چارے میک یوزرز کی طرف بھی دیکھ لے تو بہت ہی اچھا ہوـ