June 16, 2010

Children's pimp book

ok, so my son and I are library enthusiasts (mashaAllah) and we go every so often to pick up some children's books for me to read to him.  He picks some and I pick others.  He picked the following book which is about peace, tolerance and equality.  Nice message but the first thing that came to my mind was "is that a pimp on the cover? complete with the feather on his hat? what the hale?" Or am I just jaded? YOU decide.




PIMP or NOT?

9 comments:

.::Tuttie::. said...

for a sec there I was like "is a pimp preaching about peace and equality?" I have seen it ALL ladies!

Anya said...

u r hilarious!! by the way how does hijab swappers work??

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Baji said...

oh my. please read the story and tell us who he is supposed to be lol

jana z. said...

lol we love mem fox tuttie but that cover is a bit erm..well, they could have picked something better!!

caraboska said...

First of all, aren't those children that that 'big daddy figure' is hugging? Secondly, are they even all the same gender? Thirdly, I'm sorry to say this, but while gender segregation may have its rationale, if the way of teaching it results in kids thinking that anyone who doesn't practice 'their' brand of segregation is engaged in prostitution, then there is something wrong...

Falling Up said...

haahahahahaha. Love it.

caraboska said...

Well, the prostitution part I got from the use of the word 'pimp'. Which last time I checked was connected with that. And it is true - the man in the picture is hugging at least two little girls, that I can see. And I am aware that people who have spent their lives in highly segregated societies and are exposed to 'something different' for the first time often have such associations: that these people are behaving in a manner that would be considered shocking and immoral back home, and they may even think that some kind of prostitution is going on.

I have in mind in particular males from, for example, particularly conservative parts of the Middle East, who go abroad to study and it has to be explained to them that women walking alone on the street in something less than an abaya are NOT prostitutes and are NOT inviting their attention - even if it's the middle of the night. But I could see it happening with a small child who is used to women walking around in niqab in public and not even talking to, much less touching men, and is being taught that this the morally proper way to behave - that if they read a story book which shows something that differs from that norm, say, a man who is hugging a bunch of kids who can't all be his, the kid could think there is some kind of prostitution going on.

And like I said, it is one thing for a kid to have a sense of norms, and quite another for them to think that everyone who lives a little differently is engaged in prostitution.

Although now that I think of it, maybe I have misunderstood, because perhaps the point is that the kid hasn't the foggiest idea what a pimp is? Which would be funny in the same way as a three-year-old whose Grandma lives on a street named Buckeye Avenue, and the kid sees the address on an envelope waiting to be mailed and gets the bright idea to go through the alphabet out loud, replacing the B at the beginning with each letter in turn, and hasn't the foggiest idea why Mommy about had a heart attack when she got to the letter F...

.::Tuttie::. said...

oh GOTCHA! no, that is not what I meant, you see in the USA whenever they depict a pimp the man is usually wearing a ridiculous colorful (matching) outfit, with a hat maybe some feathers and some snappy shoes.

So if you look at the pictures it looks like a caricature of a pimp, but only adults would know that.

https://ccrma.stanford.edu/~chanson9/256/HW1/Pimp.jpg

http://imspeakingtruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/pimp.jpg

caraboska said...

Really... See what I've been missing by living outside the States for nearly 20 years??? I don't think it would have crossed anyone's mind to dress like that back in my day, pimp or no - it just plain looks ridiculous. But I suppose I might have gotten the idea of 'gangster', but that would have been about it, if I had been exposed to such a sight. Or maybe just showing off their wealth (perhaps from drug dealing?) in the way that people from certain types of neighborhoods drove a Cadillac as a point of pride. At any rate, I'm glad to report that even the poorest people where I am now live with more dignity than that... The girls have even started covering up more in the past few years too. It's not impossible to get stopped by a strange lady on the street and effusively complimented on one's style - even for wearing hijab!

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