Alum critiques use of phallic language
To the Editors:
In her letter to the Review on 04/18/03, Ms. Shahana Siddiqui attacks Israel
for occupying illegally other peoples lands... To accuse Israel of occupation
is to imply that Israel is in the role of masculine aggressor, imposing its military phallus upon
the oppressed in this case, the Palestinians.
In Ms. Siddiquis same letter, she insists that those kids...writing
or putting up signs anonymously to grow a fucking pair of balls and own up! In
this statement, Ms. Siddiqui flip-flops in her stance. She stands against the male oppression and
then in the SAME letter insists that these kids grow the very source of male power that she attacks.
Ms. Siddiqui, you write as a proponent of the oppressed and yet you are blind
to your own perpetuation of the hegemonic power structure. Before you cast your words at others
Ms. Siddiqui, own up to your own intoxication with testicular oppression. It is your own blind
fixation upon the male genitalia that is of great danger and not those who speak from behind the
veil of anonymity. The empowerment of the oppressed will not be served by those like yourself who
are insensitive to how you perpetuate the problem.
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