Monday, July 6, 2009

Jilbab and the Twilight Zone

This is one of those multi-topic posts I do on occasion. :)

1. Jilbab
I did, in fact, wear my jilbab and pashmina out Sunday afternoon. I went to the movies and the mall. It went well, I sort of sprung it on my friend I was going with, but she said it looked cute and very...traditional from the 'other side'. :) My one issue was that I had to rewrap the scarf half-way through the day, but that's more a problem of practice than anything else.

2. Heelarious

They make 'high heeled' booties for babies. *head desk - repeatedly* I'm not even linking to that, it's so dumb. Obviously the 'heels' are soft, and squish down when the baby walks, but, I mean, what?

3. The Twilight Zone!

Okay, we all know of my love for scifi, horror and fantasy. And if you didn't, well now you do. The SciFi Channel (I will not use the new SyFy name, because it is made of stupid) ran a 4th of July marathon of the original series.

What many people forget, or don't realize, is that the Twilight Zone was used by Rod Serling as a vehicle for social/political commentary. He wasn't allowed to talk about the issues he desired to on a straight level, and so disguised them (thinly, if you're paying attention) in horror and scifi.

One of my favorites, and one that they happened to replay was The Obsolete Man - this is a YouTube link, and he seems to have the whole episode, but in three parts.

The idea is this: It's a fascist State, and the man, Mr. Wordsworth, has been declared obsolete by the State, because they've destroyed all books and therefore his profession (librarian) has no function anymore. And neither does he. So he's to be 'liquidated'. And you also get that the State has declared that God doesn't exist, and they've 'liquidated' all the religious teachers, etc. It's a creepy episode, not from any horror point of view, but because you can see it happening, in real life.

This is the closing narration: Narrator: The Chancellor - the late Chancellor - was only partly correct. He was obsolete. But so was the State, the entity he worshiped. Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under 'M' for mankind in the Twilight Zone.

Another of my faves that they played was The Howling Man. I can't seem to find a complete version of this on Youtube, sorry. Anyway, a man (Mr. Ellington) finds himself in a creepy monastary, populated by some very strange monks. They are, apparently, keeping a man locked in a dungeon, and the prisoner tries to convince Ellington to free him, that the monks are mad, etc. The head monk, Jerome, explains, finally, saying that the 'man' locked in the dungeon, is no man, but the devil himself. Ellington doesn't believe him, and frees the prisoner.

Who does, in fact, turn out to be the devil. Another great ep, in my opinion. But here's why I mention it, this bit of dialogue:

Jerome: I'm sorry for you, my son. All your life, you will remember this night. And you'll know, Mister Ellington, whom you have turned loose upon the world.

Ellington: I didn't believe you. I saw him and didn't recognize him.

Jerome: That is man's weakness... and Satan's strength.

Again, creepy because it's so true. How many times do we look at evil and not recognize it? Let it loose?


  1. Which one did you choose to wear?

  2. Ahavah,

    I went with the brown one. I like it better. :)

  3. Wow, those episodes DO sound creeeeeeeepy. Enjoyed the Amber update. Neat about wearing the jilbab out with your friend. Did you get any looks? :)

  4. Love the brown one! Awe...I wish you took pictures, I bet you looked beautiful sweetie. Glad you were so courageous and took the plunge and love you lots.

  5. Susanne,

    Sometimes old-school horror is the best horror. :)

    I didn't *notice* any looks, which isn't to say that people weren't staring behind my back. :)

  6. Lisa,

    I'd feel incredibly awkward running around taking pictures of myself, so that's not likely to ever happen. :)


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