ISNA’s personal ads contain unnecessary skin color distinctions


In additions to excellent resources, interfaith encouragment, and conferences I  would love to attend, the Islamic Society of North America also offers a matrimonial ads service.

Cultural norm though it may be, perhaps the ISNA  should  introduce standards for its personals ads sections, Seeking Husbands and Seeking Wives, about the oft-stated preference for fair skin color, lest they appear to condone this practice.

A Muslim writer for Ms. Magazine’s blog calls it what it is…racism, despite the fact that most people associate racism with inter-group/personal contexts, rather than intra-group or intra-personal contexts. She also points out that few women place ads for themselves, except for a few outliers…and this excellent example:

From Sociological Images

 

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