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Apparently, a Basket of Flowers Is Running for Parliament in Jordan

Apparently, a Basket of Flowers Is Running for Parliament in Jordan

THIS JUST IN: Eid-ul-Adha will be on Sept. 12, Daesh has claimed responsibility for the lunar cycle, and a basket of flowers is running for the upcoming Jordanian parliamentary elections.
That’s right, ladies: a whole basket of them. But that’s not even the worst part… Personally, I am deeply offended by the fitnah these flowers are undoubtedly causing.
They’re obviously far too pretty and colorful to be out and exposed in public this way. And if they look this beautiful, imagine how nice they must smell. You see?
The fitnah is real. The female candidate, being as educated as she is, should have shown more awareness and cultural sensitivity before selecting such an alluring picture to represent herself.
Another area of improvement for this poster is in the male candidates’ photographs. A more tasteful choice would have been to replace their faces with a bag of fertilizer, a watering can, and a picket fence.
How else are the flowers going to be cared for and protected, as they obviously need to be?
On a serious note, this poster shows how far we, as women, have yet to go in the struggle for respect and equality.

On a serious note, this poster shows how far we, as women, have yet to go in the struggle for respect and equality.

In an interview with Al Bawaba, Dr. Alia Abu Haleel’s campaign team explained why her photo is posted online, but not on the streets of Jordan.
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Apparently, before they were regrettably taken down, there was a great deal of vandalism and defacement of her photos, unlike those of her male counterparts.
These assailments may actually have been motivated by both sexism and racism; some have speculated that her darker skin tone may also have contributed to making Dr. Haleel a target for this kind of behavior.

These assailments may actually have been motivated by both sexism and racism; some have speculated that her darker skin tone may also have contributed to making Dr. Haleel a target for this kind of behavior.

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Whatever the case may be, I aspire to see the day when Muslim female candidates can physically represent themselves without being replaced by a pot of plants.

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