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01 March, 2007

The Offended Mousewife

Somewhere in a Magic Kingdom far, far away, a small cartoon rodent has just slashed its wrists:

Dubai: A Dubai court granted a divorce to a 28-year-old Arab woman because she was offended when her husband said she looked like a mouse.

The court said comparing the wife to a mouse was an insult to a "mother, wife and a woman".

"The mouse is a disgusting animal. A woman should not be compared to it or any other animal," said the lawyer of the woman, a mother of three children.

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34 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can she look like a mouse?? A mouse doesn't wear burqa?? or does it......

01 March, 2007 13:43  
Anonymous Cotton Eye Joe said...

Does anyone else feel that this lawyer should be sued by the rodent community for insulting them?!!

01 March, 2007 14:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like there are alot of frustrated people here. I dont know why, but there are.

Now most of you might not be privy to the majlis being held, most emaratis arent either. But the leaders here are somehow enlightened.

So next time you see an article you dont like, a restaurant review you dont like, traffic jam you dont like, people you dont like or amything else that might take your fancy. For that simply go to sheikh mohammad's personal website and sign the guestbook. Your comments might not be published, but someone will read it. Go here

http://www.sheikhmohammed.co.ae/

Now as you know, some people say the best way to a man's ear is through his woman. You could be trying to talk to a guy but he got no time for you. Similar feelings to what most of you herer are thinking. In that case you can talk to Haya. She too has a website. And you too can sign the guestbook. When she aint shopping, or spending her loads of money she might be talking to her husband. You could make sure she is talking about your issues to her hubby. Her website is:

http://www.princesshaya.net/

Ok now good luck. I say better than venting in the forums innit. Its not even an Arabic forum, so no one that matter is reading. Happy complaining.

02 March, 2007 14:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So does that mean all women here will be entitled for divorce, and like wise the men will be entitiled to divorce their wives.

I find everyone here is a mouse. A uuseless mouse at that. Go back to the gutter. I believe that is the natural state for people here.

Look at their beloved Saddam, when he had no where to go he reverted to his natural state. He hid in a mousy place, and the God fearing American army had to drag him from his mousy place. Thereby giving the oppressed people the opportunity to express vengeance. Which they duly did.

Just a shame when they hanged the chief mouse no one bothered to praise the great western armies that routed this chief mouse. It was all about muqtada, nothing about America. I mean it was America that did it. It was the Great America that routed the chief mouse, and will rout any mousy idiot from these mousy lands who dares mess with us.

You disobey we discipline you. No mousy business will be tolerated. Amen.

02 March, 2007 17:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the first anon, she probably dresses like a nun (wears a Hijab) :P

02 March, 2007 19:54  
Blogger inmotion said...

ok that comment about hijab was totally uncalled for ..

if they're a couple of idiots between themselves .. why would you insult the way she dressed .. for all you know they'd gotten into a tiff over something and he said it being a little tactless ..

seriously .. that was just not right ..

03 March, 2007 03:10  
Anonymous Jane said...

In some cultures, being called a "mouse" by your loved one is something very sweet and an often used "term of affection". At least for females :- )
So what on earth is this woman's real problem? If she would be a Western woman I would say that she probably did not get the right type of attention from him (that special sport that never ever happens in the UAE), since she was local he obviously did not give her enough cash for shopping. Bad excuse for insulting the rodent community – let's have some animal rights please!

03 March, 2007 04:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I visited Haya's website, and she thoroughly is a modern woman. No Burqa or Hijab anywhere in the gallery section. Infact you couldn't even tell they were arab.
The only hint of Arabia was the servant decked in traditional Arab clothing.

I'll go so far as to say the pictures were photoshoped to make them look even more white. She even died her hair brown.

I really liked this quote from the website. Its quite funny in a stupid way, but it fits the people who live here.
"Princess Haya remains the first and only woman in Jordan to hold a heavy and articulated vehicles license, and as such was named Honorary President of the Land Transport and Mechanical Union by Jordan’s Taxi and Truck Drivers. She is the only member of the Jordanian Royal family to be a member of a union."
I bet you anything she didnt do the test.

Now to all those traditionalists who jump through hoops whenever modernity is put forward; I put you the evidence infront of you. All the Arab leaders, monarchies, sheiks and so forth. None of their ladies wear the Burqa or even Hijab. Some of them openly dont wear them, and some wear them in their home countries loosely, and they take them out once in the plane to other countries.

Now feel free to wear what you want, but please dont see other people as bigots e.g westerners who discourage it, or argue against it. Most of the people that matter in your own countries do not wear one either. I never see you make cases against them.

Infact your own leaders like none traditional women when it comes to choosing spouses, or lovers. Yes I said lovers, concubines aplenty in the higher echelons.

Before labelling everything western, please realise the whole world is western now. Look at all the wonderful western technology in medicine, agriculture, radios, TV's, travel, aeroplanes, cars to just about everything.

They even discovered the oil you sit upon, they discovered uses for that oil, they further dug it out for you, and still dig it out for you. All that is western technology. Remove the western manpower and you will be back to eating your grub, watered down with camel milk. There is way too many of you now as well, the desert wont support you.

See what we did to Saddam. This guy terrorised you, made life hell for you, slaughtered you, invaded you, and threatened you no end. All of you were shitless scared of him. You thought he was invincible.
Look what we did to him, we sent a small army and whipped him till he shit, then whipped him for shitting. That is what we can do. We are almighty powerfull compared to you. Given this why dont you try to copy us, atleast copy our technology, democracy, sense of fair play, rule of law, decency, human rights etc. Why dont you do that. If you do that we promise to respect you. Otherwise look at Saddam, did you see the way he hanged? That same awaits most of you if you mis behave.

03 March, 2007 06:24  
Blogger secretdubai said...

"Princess Haya remains the first and only woman in Jordan to hold a heavy and articulated vehicles license, and as such was named Honorary President of the Land Transport and Mechanical Union by Jordan’s Taxi and Truck Drivers. She is the only member of the Jordanian Royal family to be a member of a union."
I bet you anything she didnt do the test.


I wouldn't be so sure. I'm not sure she is the kind of person to accept such a thing without earning it - she could still hold the truck driver presidency without it. There's perhaps a slim chance she accepted a kind of honorary licence in order to become president, if it was a requirement for them.

But I also wonder if the vehicle licence is somehow associated with her horseriding, perhaps being for some kind of vehicle to transport horses?

03 March, 2007 10:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I wouldn't be so sure. I'm not sure she is the kind of person to accept such a thing without earning it".

Hahaha that was a good joke. I like the british sense of humour.

Mind you the British are not averse to some aristocratic favouritism too. Just like Haya has won sports personality of the year many times in Jordan. This year in Britain Zara Phillips daughter of anne won the award. She won it in the same field. Now of all the people in Britain who deserve this award, a member of the royal family ends up winning it through an elite sport; how dumb is that. I mean in equestrian sports you need serious dough to compete. Me think all the kids that play Sunday league deserve it more than her.

Still though, nothing beats what happened in Iraq. Uday fired hundreds of members of Iraq's press syndicate for not sufficiently praising his father and the government. He then was named Journalist of the Century by the Iraqi Union of Journalists for his "defense of honest and committed speech".

People here suffer from a severe case of leader worship. the funny thing thing is those leaders hold them in contempt. The average dude here is completely impotent on things that can influence his life. If he wants a job he has to get wasta (influence), if he wants university same thing, advanced medical care same thing. I believe these things eventually grind you down, so you oppress the easy targets, beginning with women, and then those far away western people. Never mind that it is the west that saves them... from themselves.

03 March, 2007 15:57  
Blogger Al-Republican said...

To the 2 anonymous commentors who make a nauseating display of American arrogance (hegemony, anyone?):

There is a good couplet in Urdu that might put everything you say in context:

Kitnay kamzarf hotay hain yeh ghubaray:
thora sa phulao toh phool jatay hain;
bhool jatay hain kay zyada phulanay say phat jatay hain.

Loose translation:

How sickeningly low are these balloons: the more you blow the more gleefully they inflate;
Lest they forget that excess is the cause of their bursting!

Keep gloating and inflating your egos at how America is SO good. We will just wait and watch you burst your own bubble :)

03 March, 2007 16:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you dont like it then leave :)

03 March, 2007 19:11  
Blogger Karachiite said...

hm.. weird story..

03 March, 2007 19:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al-Republican...
It seems to me you are going to wait for an awfull long time for the bubble to burst.
The penguins stand a better chance of pricking our bubble than you guys do. You have no chance in hell. Hell will freeze before you guys sort your mess out.

Tell me, when was the last time you invented something that benefir the world, or even yourselves?
After all these years with the oil underneath you, you still dont have any world class oil company to speak off, despite most of it is under your houses. Hell you dont even have the engineers to remove it.
I suggest you smoke your shisha and let real mean get on with it.

03 March, 2007 22:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also like to add that despite all the anti western sentiments. Despite all the ill feelings. All those people who keep demonstrating and burning the flags. You will the same people queing for visas the next day outside american and other infidel embassies trying to get the hell out. me thinks all those fiery words and flag burnings are just rhetoric, you know live in shit and you want to get out.

03 March, 2007 22:09  
Blogger i*maginate said...

a mouse case triggers thoughts of saddam, haya and oil?

03 March, 2007 22:35  
Blogger Al-Republican said...

Anonymous @ 03 March, 2007 22:01

Last time I checked, the US was in a REAL mess in Iraq. The surge hasn't made too much of a difference now has it?

And please by all means be the "men" that you are and go into Eye-ran as well, hehe. Let's see if you have the balls to do that. Then again, I don't doubt your balls, but it's the lack of common sense and brains that will lead you into Eye-ran and maybe even into Pack-is-tayn!

For all the jolly good inventions and technological advancements you have made, you have been unable to invent something to save the lives' of your pathetic soldiers who continue to die like fodder for a cause that they themselves have no clue about.

Anyways, have fun while it lasts :)

04 March, 2007 01:25  
Blogger Al-Republican said...

Oh, we are also coming to the West to make your lives shitty as well hehe.

The East-end boys are coming! :D

04 March, 2007 01:27  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

A woman should not be compared to it or any other animal...

Not even a fox?

04 March, 2007 03:02  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

To the 2 anonymous commentors who make a nauseating display of American arrogance (hegemony, anyone?):

So two comments on an open blog now constitutes American hegemony?

Is there no level to which these nefarious Americans will not stoop?!!

04 March, 2007 03:05  
Blogger Nesa Simon David said...

@anonymous:

well said, if a bit.. raw.. :)

Although i must add that christianity is causing the US to slowly slide down a slippery slope..

04 March, 2007 08:47  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Anon@23:02 - I really wanted to publish your comment, I personally think there is nothing rude or inappropriate about it - but given cultural mores here, and sensitivities relating to royals, I'm just editing it a bit. Hope you understand.

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anonymous said...

iGuys please – we all make mistakes and nobody is perfect. To INMOTION: I totally agree with you that that the comment was tactless, but believe that those who wrote it did not mean to insult your religion. Obviously it was a mere association as we in the West would refer to a "mousy woman", a nondescript or better "dull and boring person". So maybe not only the "cover" was boring, but whatever she was wearing underneath was boring as well – at least for her guy.

I also went to The First Lady's website and took a look at her beautiful photos. (of course they received a re-touch - that is absolutely normal :- ) ) Certainly she is far away from a "mousy woman" and very beautiful in her own special way. In addition her achievements should not be downgraded – at least she has made some on her own. I also agree that she made some efforts to look extremely Western, but there is some obvious Arab apart from the servant [...]
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04 March, 2007 19:13  
Blogger F said...

great.. a mousy wife gets divorce but an abused teen stepdaughter get lashes.. i don't understand islamic courts..

first time visit, great blog!

04 March, 2007 22:37  
Anonymous Cotton Eye Joe said...

Tell me, when was the last time you invented something that benefir the world, or even yourselves?

Oh come on now! That's unfair!! How can you ignore their contribution in keeping the World Population under control by killing their own people 24x7x365 (Iraq anyone?!). Now that balances some of them breeding like cockroachs, doesn't it??!!

05 March, 2007 10:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you ignorants, regarding Her highness Princess HAYA, she doesn't need any Photo shop editing to LOOK whiter, HER MOTHER IS ENGLISH!!!

05 March, 2007 13:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haya's mother is not English, update your facts. The monarchs mother is English. Check your facts before you rant.

05 March, 2007 14:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Al-Republican : Rightly said or should I say that you kicking them where it hurts the most :) . For the poetry you gave ... they have a saying ' for every rise there is a fall ' . American economy is going down , there balance of payments is bloating exponentially and just to redirect attention of american people they are adventuring in Iraq/ Afghanistan. I admire brilliance of Bush ... while his company and his associates are making billions in Iraq / Afghanistan in oil money and reconstruction , his countrymen are dying. From reading this blog , we can see how much they are brainwashed by corporate american media that countrymen of those dead soldiers are defending whatever 'unkown cause' they are fighting for !

06 March, 2007 12:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Republican.....
Most of your dilemmas are of your own making. Stop blaming America for your ills, sloth, and backwardness. If you are looking to place blame, blame it on yourselves and the people who rule you.

Who is responsible for the rampant corruption, lack of education, excessive squandering of public resources. I tell you it is your own leaders, nothing to do with America or those infidels. But you can't blame your leadership can you; so you construct a straw man and call him the west, and you blame him for everything. It makes sense over in these lands because of the censorship and lack of education that exists. But I assure for someone from outside these blame west arguments are just pathetic, and sad.
By the way if the western armies decided to steam roll you guys, do you know any army here that could withstand a week. I mean wasnt Saddam like supposed to be the mcdaddy of all. Did you see what we did to him? Did you?

By the way, recently the Egyptian cultural minister made some sort of deragotory remarks against muslims. There was hardly any protest, and the one there was; was the impotent kind. There were no demonstrations or any public order trouble. Could it be that your protests would have fallen on deaf ears, and ended up in prison along the way. Or do you reserve your protests for when the pope makes a comment to his "OWN" flock. I think you protest the west cause atleast we hear you, we give you the time of day. While your own leaders just care for themselves and their material being.

Oh, and by the way did you know women in Egypt are banned from wearing the Hijan when they present on national Televisions. Now Imagine a western news organisations having a similar statute; your friends would be rioting won't they.

Also recently in the news Tony Blair was reprimanded for his visit to Jordan. He met Abdallah; Abdallah wanted Britain to help Jordan with Aid. On the way Back for Blair, Abdallah offered him his private Jet to travel with his family. There was a scandal over in Britain. Now there are lessons in this story, Britain the far richer country has blair making his own way in economy. Abdallah, leader of a dirt poor snad rock, has his own plane, and he can use it as he wishes, including offering lifts to his friends.

You know it the west is better than you, you know it in your bones. Your societies are functionally hopeless. I might sound a bad person but I also feel sorry for you lot. Your leaders treat you with contempt, mismanage you, ridicule you, and then your idiots blame the west. Whats the west got to do with your failings, your countless failings

06 March, 2007 21:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al-republican,
you do realize that America's NBC weapons stock, if used, could cleanse the world of you muslims in a month?

American soldiers are dying because they're forced to play policeman in muslim hellholes.

07 March, 2007 04:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SD, do something ! the comments section is going down the drain.

It is like watching Fox News/Al Manar TV at the same time.

why don't you impose a sponsor ship system, where only people with valid sponsor are allowed to post a comment?

07 March, 2007 18:16  
Blogger Asian Dude said...

The West, in fact the whole world owes a lot to the Muslims, whether you like it or not.

"The debt of our science to that of the Arabs does not consist in startling discoveries or revolutionary theories, science owes a great deal more to Arab culture, it owes its existence. " - Robert Briffault in the "Making of Humanity"

Check out http://www.cyberistan.org/islamic/Introl1.html

11 March, 2007 09:50  
Anonymous Fake Balushi said...

my wife looks like a mangoos!

14 March, 2007 15:58  
Blogger صلعم said...

As funny as it sounds, today I had a post (my posts are in Arabic) about a similar subject. Muslims believe that mice are originated from the lost tribe of Israel. The reason behind this believe is that the prophet found out that mice do not drink camel milk but enjoy goat milk. Since the jews at the time, before wiping them out from Medina, had similar taste; the prophet came up with his theory. What's up with this moderation thing girl?

Cheers, from an atheist Emarati.

18 April, 2007 08:32  
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23 April, 2007 12:51  

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