Sunday, March 06, 2005

What tha fuuuuuuu????

“Women's Cultural Society will file a case against MP Dr Waleed Al-Tabtabaei for his recent statement in which he said, "supporters of the draft law on women's political rights are encouraging homosexuals and illegitimate children," says Al-Seyassah.Sources say the Women's Cultural Society considers the MP's statement "vulgar and offensive," and an attempt at intellectual terrorism. The Society resents the MP's attempt to misuse the Parliamentary immunity to insult others, they add.”

Go Women’s Cultural Society! I find W. Tabtabaei vulgar and offensive – not just his statements. Encouraging homosexuals and illegitimate children? What tha fuuuuuuu???? Perhaps dude needs to take a closer look at his own back yard.

I’ve talked to several of my female Kuwaiti friends. We would all like to attend the demonstration outside the Parliament tomorrow, however, we are all working professionals. The consensus seems to be that the only women who will have time to attend the demonstration are housewives – and they are the ones least likely to attend. I hope that more women will take the time from their schedules to show their support.

- And now, for something completely different.

I saw a show on one of the Brit channels on positive parenting the other day. My world has nothing to do with children, or how to parent them or any of that motherly crap, and yet, I believe that I found it useful. Consider this – could the same techniques be used for dealing with men?

The child psychologist teaches praise over punishment. You constantly bombard the child (man) with positive reinforcement and when he is naughty, you completely ignore them (not even looking at them). I believe that I can use this.

I’ve read books on the subject of training dogs and found it useful for the male species: treats for good a task done well, etc. I’ve actually applied it in real life and found that it works. (They never had a clue!)

The only thing that I don’t think will work about the positive parenting was the use of a sticker poster. I could use it, but I don’t believe that it is something I could actually show a man. You see, if the child is good, you put a sticker on the calendar poster. If he is bad, he gets a frowny face. If he is REALLY bad, he gets an X. I can think of other things to use in the place of stickers and frowny faces and perhaps even X’s.

Other random thoughts: If I don’t take my clothes to the cleaners soon, I will have to go to work neked. Oh wait! I have an abaya. I could always wear my PJs and an abaya. I don’t think that would go over too well with management. It would have – where I used to work – but not anymore. Too many ajaaneb here.

Did you ever wake up in the morning and think to yourself, ‘Damn. I don’t have any clean clothes and my house, dog, and cars are also in need of a wash?’ Then, did you ever hit the snooze bar for 15 more minutes and forget the whole thing till “later”? Hey – I’m clean. I took a shower. My world may be decaying around me, but I still bathe and my hair looks good. There is a reason why I don’t have children. They would be dirty, snot-nosed, unkempt little rug rats. God has a reason for everything.

I blame it all on the construction workers outside my building. If it wasn’t for them: My dog wouldn’t have to walk through dirt/mud to get in/out of our building. My car would be close enough for the hariss to wash (I haven’t even seen one of the cars in like a week). I could easily bring the bags of dirty clothes downstairs to the car if not for the construction. (Ok, I have no excuse for my apartment, but today is Maid Day, so that one is covered.) It is ALL the construction workers’ fault! When are they going away? Why is it just our building? Why can’t they do this outside the Parliament building or Bayan Palace? Don’t you think they would finish in about 2.5 seconds if that were the case?

My building looks like a slum and that makes me Ghetto Desert Girl. When will it end? Why ME?


Q8's Biggest Loser said...

Women voting will encourage homosexuality and illegitamate children... how?(not the q8y how dog sound but the actualy word how)????? sorry bout the construction my parets have been living in south sura for the past year (house rebuilding) and for my last 3 trips back ive had to deal with the dirty car/ muddy shoes phenomenon... oh girl i sympathize!!! but if anyone can deal with it i have faith in u so keep on keepin on... n dont they have the whole laundry by the lb/kg wash dry fold thing going on ?... excuse me now must go be inebriated... fin amazin blog n hope i meet people like u IF i ever go back ciao :)

Ms.Baker said...

No kidding about the 8 am protest meeting timeframe - I mean, what if you have a job? Its like setting yourself up for failure from the beginning.
Waleed Tabtabaei is nothing but an ass, and thats insulting asses. I wish these people would go find a cave on the afghan/pakistani border to crawl into, they are becoming boring and unoriginal.
I have a few religious Kuwaiti friends, who never have gotten (nor will they ever) as seriously negative or deranged with their religiousness as folks like these...

Desert Girl said...
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Desert Girl said...

Some man probably organized the rally. Thursday morning, I could easily make it, but I don't know if I can. It sucks because it is something I firmly believe in. Maybe we professional women can get together and have another demonstration.

Thanks Q8BL. BTW - I love south Surra. It has a unique style and it seems like interesting people are moving in with nice architectural ideas (instead of boxes).

Encouraging homosexuality and illegitimate children: I can only wonder if he is referring to his personal circumstances. After all, if women are in parliament, he'll be working overtime trying to keep up with them. He may have no time for his marriage...

The Don ® said...

"I’ve read books on the subject of training dogs and found it useful for the male species: treats for good a task done well, etc. I’ve actually applied it in real life and found that it works. "

hmm.. I wonder what kinda treats are we talking about ? :P

Desert Girl said...

Scooby snacks.

Anonymous said...

You know this MP is the one who went to Cancun Mexico during spring break 2 years ago, almost drowned and was conveniently C.P.R.'ed back to life by a girl in an itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini. Trust me when the women get to vote, his wife and daughters will be the first in line, that is the way of the authentic die-hard hypocrit Gail

Desert Girl said...

Oh my - scandalous! :) tee hee.

Reminds me of a story told by a friend who was a consultant at Kuwait FFFFFFFFinance House... There were several men there who pushed him to pray all the time and were generally over-zealous. He went to Phuket with his wife and he saw the same guys on the beach next to several topless young local ladies. He said, "Salaam Alaikum!" and they jumped to their feet and said, "uh....we were just looking for McDonalds...." Weeeelll... looks like they found the 'golden arches', eh?

Not_Without_My_Heels said...

I'm definitely going to be there tomorrow.. still contemplating what to wear but I'll be there..

The only thing I can say about Tabtaba'ee is that he's a class A idiot ! Dr. ? Hmm, suspicious!

"encouraging homosexuality and bastards" .. ?

ummm really "Dr. T"?

Is that all he could come up with?
He should've atleast put a LITTLE more thought into it..
OR supported it with scientific facts!! (hah that's funny!)

Very disappointing indeed.

Desert Girl said...

On the subject of Scooby Snacks:

Ben Rivard said...

Good news

Arab Times, Wednesday, January 4, 2006

By Moamen Al-Masri

MP Tabtabaei ordered to pay damages in Sheikha Al-Nisf case

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 3: The Commercial Court of Appeals Tuesday overturned the verdict of the Court of First Instance and ordered MP Dr Waleed Al-Tabtabaei to pay KD 5,001 as temporary compensation for the Chairwoman of the Cultural Social Women's Society of Kuwait, Sheikha Al-Nisf for calling her a woman activist and defaming her name in an article he wrote for Al-Watan daily.

Case papers indicate on March 3, 2005, Tabtabaei in his article commented on a seminar held by the plaintiff to discuss women's political rights.

In his comments Tabtabaei said those who want women in Kuwait to get their political rights are calling for destruction of the society by spreading strange Western thoughts.

"Those who want to involve women in political life," he wrote, "want our society to be
incoherent, full of perverts, foundlings and other disasters which affect societies."

On May 24, 2005, the Court of First Instance dismissed the case and the plaintiff appealed the verdict on June 21, 2005.
Finally, his big mouth gets it

I don’t understand why he wasn’t charged with defaming and insulting HH the Amir since Sheikh Jaber was the one who submitted the bill for women’s political rights to the parliament.