Every girl deserves a harlequin romance. Most girls settle instead for guys who are fairly reasonable. Some don't settle for anything at all: some are sold off to a cousin or the guy in the market. Some are nine years old, and it's not a romance, harlequin or otherwise. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was sold off to a relative. Irshad Manji escaped with her life by evading her father and his knife. Aisha wasn't so lucky. She was sold off at six years old to Mohammed, the great man of Islam, the prophet who raped his then nine year old "wife." It ain't culture. It ain't religion. It's child molesting. It's slavery. And often, it's Islam sanctioned murder. There will be those who claim it's all a lie, others who'll claim exceptionalist allowance. Not me. Not you. We have to stand up and say "No more."
Again we'll stand up for Human rights on Thursday by meeting at McDonald's diners across the world. We won't all have the same cconcerns in common. We can meet to discuss that. We can meet to decide who we want to work with. Our goals are the same even if our approaches are different.
Know Islam. No Whimmitude.
If not every girl will have a harlequin romance, then every girl must still have the hope, if she so chooses, of something almost as good: a man or woman she decides wants instead.
Islam is not special. Islam destroys women.
Attend a meeting of people who value women over cliches. Let's put a stop to the madness.
Thursday, McDonald's. 7-9:00 pm. Your town.