Posted by candyposes on 30 Jan 2007 at 02:05 am | Tagged as: Uncategorized
In several past emails, people have brought up the fact that I’m Arab- one even considered me to be a “strong Arab woman.”
Which is all well and good, but I don’t really consider myself to be Arab.
My father was born and raised in the Middle East…and that’s about it. I grew up in America, raised by two American citzens in a Catholic home.
Truth be told, I don’t really consider myself any ethnic group or race- or, rather, I don’t identify with any. I’ve referred to myself as “off-white” before, and that seems to work as well as anything else, and makes people laugh, to boot.
Being called Arab doesn’t offend me, but it makes me feel uneasy in certain contexts- I don’t want to represent anything, be it women, arabs, feminists, or all three. Two of those I most definitely consider myself, but the other…not so much.
Of course, I haven’t even skimmed the surface- and don’t really care to in this blog- regarding the different ethnic groups and religious sects within the “Arab” label that’s thrown upon pretty much everyone who grows up speaking Arabic by the western world.
Nor have I brought up the fact that using the phrase “strong Arab woman” in this context implies that most Arab woman are weak.
In any case, I’m sure there are lots of strong Arab women out there, but I’m afraid you’re reading the wrong blog if that’s what you’ve come seeking.