Monday, 23 April 2012


it was brought home to me again last week just how important the internet is to my life.  simply because i was without it for a few days.  and so that feeling i had of finally catching up with things slid away as i was unable to keep up with the various activities and organisations i'm involved with.

an internet connection is a human right.  it's now an essential part of being connected and getting work done.  it's an essential part of decision-making, an efficient way of having discussions with multiple people at one time.

i know there are people who are managing well enough without the internet, some by choice and others who don't have much choice in the matter.  i watch one organisation in particular, where one person chooses not to use the internet at all.  while he gets important documents by email, it's inevitable that he is missing out on the various discussions and numerous small decisions that get made via email.  his involvement in the organisation is clearly not the same as those of us who are connected, and there is no practical way around that.

so i struggled without internet at home, and then without a computer at all for a day after that.  and also struggled with the difficulty i have in dealing with things technological.  technical people seem to think that everything is so simple - connect this to that, put this cable into here and that one into there.  unfortunately, when directions are being given on the phone, and i don't know the names of the various cables or the words to describe the various endings on them, and i can't understand how to fit things into other things, it all leads to a bit of a mess.

but i'm glad to be back on line now, and slowly working my way through the various bits and pieces that need my attention.  and since last week was pretty stressful and energy-draining for me (not just because of internet issues), i've decided to link to a story that i thought was quite nice:

Cheering up their Muslim teammate, a Floridian high school football team decided to don hijab before their season finale game to show solidarity with their Muslim captain who has been taunted repeatedly over her religious outfit.

"Everybody looked at us weird," West Broward senior Marilyn Solorzano told Sun Sentinel website on Friday, April 20.

"I understand now everything she went through and how hard it must have been.

i can't think of a better way to fight discrimination than by showing solidarity in this way.  and in a world that tends to show women, and especially young women, constantly competing and in conflict with each other, it's great to see such an example of young women being supportive and sticking together.


LudditeJourno said...

Welcome back stargazer!!!
I too love this example of solidarity around the hijab, thank you for sharing it. It reminds me of some solidarity expressed by heterosexual team-mates at a cricket prize giving while a coach was making comments about women who "looked like lesbians". My entire team stood up - a mixture of straight, lesbian and bisexual women - and asked if we all "looked like lesbians". Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Personally as a Muslim I find non-Muslims wearing the hijab to be appropriation.

I feel the same discomfort when I see non-Christians dressing up as nuns or priests or Jesus.

I realise these soccer players came from a place of sympathy but I wish they would have thought more about what Muslims who weren't their friend thought of their deciding to don for a day as a bit of activism the garment that has deep cultural meaning for so many of us.

stargazer said...

anon, i suspect they would have got a mixed response. i'm also muslim, and in this case, i didn't find it to be appropriation - though i can imagine other instances where it would be. for me, it was more about solidarity than activism; more about saying that they didn't support discrimination against their team mate. obviously you disagree.

LJ, thanx for your comment.