In the beginning, the festival showcased “womyn’s music,” such as Helen Reddy and Holly Near. In recent years, it has included more queercore/feminist punk bands, though there has been a great deal of controversy over bands like Tribe 8, who make technically “lesbian” music, but feature S/M stage shows.2 This controversy was followed by another over who counts as a womyn in the context of the festival. Held on private land owned by organizer Lisa Vogel, the festival has been a separatist space for “womyn born womyn,” meaning that male to female transsexuals are not welcome.3 The exclusion of MTFs is based largely on the writings of Janice Raymond, a lesbian separatist who wrote a scathing book about transsexuality in the 1970s that positioned MTFs as the ultimate form of colonization of women’s bodies.
There is no such thing as a Pakistani civilization, and though Pakistanis might like to believe that their civilizational moorings are derived preeminently from Islam, they should apprise themselves of what middle eastern Islam, which has set itself up as the true and authentic version of the faith, thinks of the Islam of South Asia. They might be shocked to learn that the most eminent scholars of Islam in the West and the middle east are likely to think of South Asian Islam as highly contaminated, as little better than the Hinduism with which it has lived in close proximity for over a millennium, and perhaps worse than Hinduism on account of its apostasy. The true civilizational home of Pakistan is the Indic world, the culture of South Asia as a whole, but a recognition of this does not in the least strip Pakistanis of their Islam.
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In view of the foregoing, there appears a strong possibility of Pak army stage managing al Qaida’s presence in the Indian subcontinent. It may be mentioned that the entire new generation of al Qaida and Taliban leadership was reared and nurtured in Pakistan after 9/11 under the patronage of ISI. Osama bin Laden was given shelter in the Pak army area hardly at a stone’s throw distance from its training institute.
Does the use of social media in the workplace benefit organizations and educational institutions and help productivity or hamper productivity? That’s a question many leaders and educators are debating in organizations, even while students and employees immerse themselves in social media for both personal and business purposes.” How much work can ‘hyper socializing’ employees really accomplish if they are holding multiple conversations with others via text messaging or obsessively checking social networking sites?” That’s a question that John Agno in his Leadership Blog, recently asked.His reply was, “They can accomplish a great deal in today’s 24/7 virtual environment. The Gen Xs and Ys have a gift for multitasking (because they have integrated technology into their lives) and now have the ability to remain connected to each other and thus serve themselves and their employers well.”Jeffrey Zaslow in the Wall Street Journal, November 5, 2009, says, “Because so many people in their teens and early 20s are in this constant whir of socializing accessible to each other every minute of the day via cell phone, instant messaging and social networking Web sites there are a host of new questions that need to be addressed in schools, in the workplace and at home. Chief among them: How much work can ‘hyper socializing’ students or employees really accomplish if they are holding multiple conversations with friends via text messaging, or are obsessively checking Facebook?”Let’s take look at the arguments against the presence of social media in the workplace and our educational institutions.