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This blog is dedicated to women from Sri lanka and Ethiopia working as domestic workers in Beirut, Lebano
n. These women take upon themselves great voyages to foreign countries in the hope of a better future. Their courage and endurance is outstanding.

As time passes, the issues covered in this blog have expanded to cover other kinds of specific women's work like sex work, historical ways of describing the plight of women: white slavery, human traffic or modern slavery as well identitarian politics and gender...

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7 mai 2008 3 07 /05 /mai /2008 00:52
Following my tour of Feltrinelli Bookstore on Genoa's Via Venti looking for Santanche's pamphlets, I visited French Fnac in Chatelet and found they also had an impressive display of (muslim) women's ordeals for sale.

The issues surrounding muslim women include forced marriage (to a rich gulf prince), life in the harem, slavery, violence on women, divorcing a muslim.

A French subgenre  of this
captivity literature describes banlieue-women, who might be tortured, burnt or murdered by their male relatives for not marrying some moustachoued cousin. It also exists in its positive version of young migrants who manage to emancipate themselves from their cruel tradition.

Black meets muslim over genital mutilation

I think Jean P. Sasson might be a classic, as Betty Mahmoody, whose book non sans ma fille (2) was also on sale. Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Teheran was supposedly a more high brow approach on Iranian women from a literature teacher but has ended in the "Muslim-women-gore" genre anyway and Ayan Hirsi Ali is a prominent new entry of the last years. But characteristically, though, many of these books are only exotic first names accounts like Leila, Yalda or Suad, burnt alive.

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