>So instead of reading about colonial Chilean art (blech) I am watching a BBC documentary called Inside the Saudi Kingdom -from what I’ve read before on this country it’s a super interesting, complex, transitioning state.
As far as the international relations world goes, it would be easy to study the Middle East and help the government continue certain scare tactics or (hopefully, ultimately stop continued Islamophobia, rather acknowledge our Islamophobic society, deconstruct how and why that is, it’s power relations and such) but also from the Women & Gender Studies side, my feminist side, again I think it is easy to sit back from a western woman’s perspective and think simply how this conservative society oppresses women,
but I can’t do that. I won’t do that.
Obviously this society is much different from ours, from my own.
I’m just sitting here marveling at how SIMPLE and how EASY it would be to say “Oh, they’re backwards.” or “Oh, they’re horrible oppressive people.” or whatever. Not only easy, but simple and ignorant to say or think those things.