Chicago Trib’s History Lesson of the Day

In 2004 the Vatican issued a document denouncing feminism for trying to blur differences between men and women and threatening the institution of families based on a mother and a father. Chicago Tribune, July 31, 2008.

Isn’t it nice to know how far we’ve come? Seriously though, I’m breaking my blogging silence to rejoin the feminist fight. Though feminism has many internal issues (for women are of varying classes, races, sexual identities, etc) it does fight the good fight.

And I believe an appropriate gesture to recognize a relatively new Turkish soap opera, Noor, which is doing the very thing that the Pope feared. Breaking down the gender roles. According to MSNBC:

Women see the lead female character – the independent, aspiring fashion designer Noor — as a role model. Meantime, her husband on the show — the blue-eyed former model and athlete Mohannad — has become the region’s first pin-up boy.

The nightly soap opera has mainly female viewers glued to their TV sets not only because Mohannad is a cuter version of Justin Timberlake, but because he offers something many lack in their lives: romance, tenderness and a supportive partner to his independent wife. Mohannad has become the standard against which many Arab men are being judged, much to their chagrin. 

Yay for feminist role-models on TV, especially non-western televisions!

Now I just need to find some English friendly clips on Youtube…..