Friday, January 31, 2020

More than one side to everything

As World Hijab Day approaches, I thought I would write about women’s freedom to do as they choose and their choice to wear a hijab or not. I thought that is should instill the freedom of choice for a woman to wear what she wants to wear, do as she sees fit to do to her own body, and worship how she wants to worship; express her freedom of religion. Women are of course people too and they should be who they want to be in any way shape or form. I am still all for that and support people’s freedoms. I do my best to accept people as they want to be accepted because really, it is what is inside of a person that matters, is it not?

However, upon my further research of the subject matter regarding World Hijab Day I discovered something that I did not realize and should have known was there.  There are some women who celebrate this religious aspect of their culture and embrace it; there are also those who do not. I came across and interesting interview with a woman named Yasmine Mohammed called Removing your hijab can get you killed – even in the West. Yasmine Mohammed started #No Hijab Day and for very good reasons which I will let you read for yourself.

Yasmine Mohammed is a strong activist for human rights and has suffered a great deal in her life. She advocates for the rights of women living within Islamic majority countries. Now this is not to say that this is everyone’s experience, but it is a particularly high percentage of women who have experienced this. Not just in in the Muslim religion either.  There is a good bit of religions out there that hold women to a low level and do their best to control them.  Wearing a hijab is just symbolic of the oppression these women are subjected to in some of these countries and only a tip of the iceberg.

So, after reading the article about Yasmine Mohammed it occurred to me that no matter how much I want to support something I really should look at both sides of the coin before adamantly advocating it.  I also realized that I have no dog in this fight.  Though I am educated on the fundamental basis of the Muslim religion I am not Muslim, and I have never lived as a Muslim girl or woman. I cannot walk in their shoes to even begin to understand these women’s feeling in the matter. 

On the one hand I want to congratulate the one set of women for standing up for what they believe in even in the eyes of racism, yet on the other hand I have to congratulate the other set women who stand up for their right to freedom even in the face of death. I thought at first that maybe I should just keep my mouth shut because I have no idea what I am talking about but then I realized that to turn away and pretend it is not there is just as wrong. Let’s face it, that is not me anyway.

So, instead of speaking my mind and forcing my opinion on others I decided to share the information on both sides of the coin. Maybe you already have an opinion, maybe you already know about all of this. Or maybe, like me you just never thought to take that extra step and learn about it. The fact of the matter is I feel that a lot of bias and racism is due to lack of knowledge and it only takes a bit of digging to learn a little about another culture and see their point of view on life.

Another point to add to all this controversy is that there are some countries that are banning Muslim face veils even if the women choose to do this for cultural and religious reasons. So in this instance it is the government not allowing freedom of religion or culture. So remember there is more than one side to look at here because maybe there are some oppressed women who welcome the help but there are also women of faith who prefer their coverings in public. Then there is the point of view from the outsiders who want to help, don’t understand, and fear the unknown.

Below I have attached some links so that you too can learn more about this subject and perhaps more about the Muslim religion and Islam. These links will lead you to more links for further reading on the subject. I have also included how some of the other countries view the face veils and the banning of these coverings.  I just thought that maybe there should be more awareness on the subject matter. 

I know that all I know is that I do not know anything.

I welcome your comments but not your hate. Please feel free to comment on how you feel and be honest, yet civil in your expression. I believe that we can all learn from one another and come to a mutual understanding of who we all are as human beings if we just learn to communicate.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Happy New Year 2020

Let us look to the future but not forget the past. There is always new adventures to look forward to and old ones to tell about.

We brave a new word and new technology but let us not forget that there is always a book to read. 

Please support local authors and artists because it is our passion that drives us not the almighty dollar. 

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Little conventions are popping up all over Mississippi, take this one coming up for instance. I had never heard of it before but apparently this is not it's first year. I am looking forward to attending and though I know it is a small and local fan based convention I feel it is going to be a lot of fun. I will give you the scoop after, unless of course I see you there.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Steel Roots Blog Tour August 8-16, 2018

I am on a fabulous book tour this week. I have not read all the reviews yet so I am excited and nervous. However, good or bad these are honest reviews and I appreciate all these people taking the time to read my books and discuss them with the public.  I hope you will respect all of these as they come out and I appreciate all of you.

8/8 Jazzy Book Reviews Guest Post

8/8 I Smell Sheep Guest Post

8/9 Inspired Chaos Guest Post

8/9 Breakeven Books Author Interview

8/10 Sheila's Guests and Reviews Guest Post

8/11 Bookmark Your Thoughts Review

8/11 Ravenous for Reads Author Interview

8/11 Sapphyria's Books Guest Post

8/12 The Book Lover's Boudoir Review

8/13 The Reading Bud Review

8/14 Swords and Red ses Review

8/14 Ravenous for Reads Guest Post

8/15 Literature Approved Review

8/15 Honestly Austen Review

8/16 YA/NA Book Divas Guest Post

8/16 Love Bites and Silk Guest Post

Thursday, June 21, 2018

J L Mulvihill's upcoming events

I have three major events coming up. 

The event is first is MS Comic Con this weekend in Jackson, MS. 
You better be there or you'll miss Linda Blair! Image result for linda blair
The second event is a book signing at the Country Caboose Wedding Chapel and Railroad Museum in Joplin, MO. 

This is very cool because Abby, the character in Steel Roots starts her adventure here in what I call New Joplin in the Boxcar Baby.  This is a real passenger railroad car and caboose.  I will have my other books with me as well for those of you who desire epic fantasy. 

Speaking of epic fantasy, a little trivia for you with regards to The Elsie Lind Chronicles. Did you know that in The Lost Daughter of Easa, the town where Elsie lives called Ophir is a real town? I do a lot of research for all my stories and every place and every name has a meaning to it. 

My third upcoming event is the Steel Roots series blog tour which is taking place July 11-18.

Be on the look out for that to gain more insight to the Steel Roots series and the characters within. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


J L Mulvihill: SPIDERS AND THE IRISH: Okay I now know that my fear of spiders is justified by my Irish heritage. It seems as though Irish people don't really like spiders, at...


Okay I now know that my fear of spiders is justified by my Irish heritage. It seems as though Irish people don't really like spiders, at least the ones in this video by Diane Jennings on YouTube.

I wonder how they would feel about my twelve-foot spiders.

More than one side to everything

As World Hijab Day approaches, I thought I would write about women’s freedom to do as they choose and their choice to wear a hijab or not....