Yesterday, I read this story. It's the tale of Salaka Djicke, a young woman in Timbuktu, Mali. She fell in love with a married man, which despite our western values isn't a big deal in a country where a man can take up to four wives. A whirlwind romance followed.
Not long after these folks fell in love, their town was taken over by muslim religious zealots who came to town insisting women cover themselves, not talk to men, and follow all of the laws of their peaceful (unless you read it) good book, the Qur'an.
The couple found ways to still see one another, sneaking away in the evening hours to enjoy one another despite the very real threat of death should their behavior ever come to light. Somehow, the zealots found out and though the man in the story escaped, Salaka was tried and convicted of being with a man who wasn't her husband. She was sentenced to 95 lashes in the public square.
Today, I read this story. It's the tale of Florida's new logo. Florida is spelled with a necktie in place of the i and sits on top of the words, "The perfect place for business."
The article tells us that some women are offended by the new logo which they claim is sexist because of the necktie. One Ms. Pamela Rogan, president of a women's business organization in Florida said, "I thought immediately that it set us back, all the work that we’ve done."
Someone should write Salaka Djicke and tell her just how lucky she is. She may have been beaten in the public square for talking to a man but at least she didn't have to suffer the indignity of seeing a necktie represent business in a state logo. She should quit her whining and thank the gods above that she doesn't have to deal with real oppression like women in America face.