Women who choose to wear the hijab or fast or observe any form of religious practice are fighting the same battle as any Christian, Jewish, or Hindu feminist. Her hijab doesn’t illustrate a man’s authority over her, but rather her control over her own body, which is an invaluable message for a society where the hyper-sexualization of women is a norm. Think about that the next time you see a Muslim woman out on the street.
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And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard."Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)