May 26, 2005
THE ISLAMIC WOMEN’S VOTE:
IS IT ALL THAT IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE??
The Setting: a MIDDLE EAST WOMEN'S RIGHTS RALLY: an Arabic Mother & Daughter are speaking as Laura Bush approaches the podium.
Mom: Doesn't Mrs. Bush look lovely? She somehow reminds me of Mary Tyler Moore.
Dghtr: You actually know other American rights' activists?
Mom: (laughing) Oh no. Mary Tyler Moore is a TV character. She represents an ideal, a woman who works and of course votes yet knows exactly where women's rights end and "pushy" begins.
Dghtr: If you say so Mom, but speaking of rights, can I get a thong?
Mom: A what? A thong?
Dghtr: You know, underwear. Like Brittany and Madonna wear. The single strip up your bum. I want a bright red camel thong.
Mom: (momentarily thinking) ....And a tattoo to match, right?
Dghtr: That would be nice.
Mom: And all this would be followed by your Father giving his blessing for your Brother to marry his buddy Gamel...?
Dghtr: (In great consternation) Mother!
Mom: (aside) Perhaps we shouldn't have come here.