Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Abazons

The Amazons were an ancient nation of female warriors.

It has been noted that until the 20th century, Amazons were typically depicted in literature as an alien adversary that threatened the masculinity of heroes. As such, the typical goal of the heroes has been to defeat and humiliate them as a way of reasserting their own, masculine superiority.

In the 20th century, Amazons were depicted with increasing sympathy. Today, the typical depiction of the characters is as an isolated community of powerful and beautiful warriors whose respect and cooperation the male heroes are challenged to earn.



Abazon- An abaya-clad Amazon who, as their literary counterparts in the past, threaten the masculinity of most Saudi men. As such, the typical goal of the Saudi man has been to defeat and humiliate them as a way of reasserting their own, masculine superiority.

Abazons differ from their Amazonian cousins in that the term Abazon doesn’t strictly denote a warrior-woman although does not exclude that notion either. It can be applied to any Muslim woman who struggles , either publicly or silently, against unfair treatment of women, who steps forward to claim the rights granted to her in the Quran and Sunnah, and asserts her God given authority within her society.



I think I'll patent the term Abazon....remember folks, you heard it here first.


Do you think we'll achieve our rights faster if we look like the Abazon above?







Boo Ya!

12 comments:

Kay said...

Funny post. Liked the picture.

Nzingha said...

I need one of those for the perverts i seem to attract.

nuh ibn zbigniew gondek said...

As salaam alaikum.

I just happened to surf on through when I saw the name 'saudi stepford wife', great name and great blog.

Come on by insha'Allah if you have some time to read. I am a Canadian muslim writer.

Ma'as salaama,

nuh ibn

muslimahlocs said...

as salaamu alaikum sister. get a copyright, not a patent.
disclaimer: above comments not intended as legal advice, merely provided as fyi.

Sand Gets in My Eyes said...

Strong women are needed, regardless of what you call them!
Hey I thought of you today as we were driving thru Al-Hasa. Spent the day at the caves and the camel market - great fun! And some fabulous photos!

saudi stepford wife said...

Lori,

You should have let me know you're coming so I could give you the low-down on Hasawi-fun...oh wait, I still haven't found it myself! I guess the camel market's lost it's charm for me. I'm more of a beach girl myself.

I said BEACH not BITCH!

NB said...

Why DO men feel threatedned when we want what is merely rightfully ours? God-given. Strangely this reaction comes from many men who are meant to know God and His Laws best. There's no doubt that women have to take up "arms" to reclaim what is theirs; I guess the trick is to use "weapons" that are more covert thus getting what we want without the other side kicking up a huge fuss. I think this is probably only effective in a marriage but on a larger scale full fledged warfare is inevitable. Tell me where I can enlist...

Saabirah

Huda said...

OMG...sista you are TOO funny! And I'm with Nzingha re perverts - if you think that you guys have issues over in Saudi - come nip over the border to Kuwait...these guys are brothers in more than one way, I promise.

Anonymous said...

I really am so sick of religion in this doomed country of ours, I respect your faith, but religon is bringing us down.

saudi stepford wife said...

I'm sure too many people would agree with anonymous. And who could blame them when it feels like religion is being used as a tool of repression.

The problem isn't with Islam. We wouldn't be having these problems if Saudia were a true Islamic theocracy...but it's NOT. Too much culture, politics, and ignorance all mixed up into the batch.

Asiya said...

woohoo, a great term!

Mo said...

Abazon!

I like that...though it does like eerily like my grandma in a bad mood.