Weekly musings on the arts and current events.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Jihad Jane

A sad little woman from Pennsylvania, who plucked out her eyebrows and penciled in new ones, took a trip to Holland that changed her life. She met a Muslim gentleman who offered her unaccustomed respect. She converted to Islam.
After all her disappointments and bereavements, her failed suicide attempt, and the burden of caring for her elderly mother, she found meaning for her life in violent jihad.
Often the internet frightens me. It reveals too many secrets and fantasies. I'd prefer not to know how much hatred resides in the hearts of strangers. Jihad Jane, aka Fatima LaRose, existed on the web, but Colleen R. LaRose went to Europe to commit murder.
As a teenager, Colleen had been briefly married to an older man. When asked what he remembered about her, he replied: "Nothing. There wasn't nothing to remember."
Picasso's Seated Bather. Click on the picture for a closer look.


Janie B said...

Very sad life, indeed. Too bad she bought into that violent lifestyle. As for Picasso's painting...what was he trying to say about the female body, anyway? Weird.

TallTchr said...

Janie, what intrigues me about this painting are the little hands where her face ought to be.

momcat said...

Maybe Picasso was just trying to say that he found women as confusing as all men do! Words to as much damage as actions and words can be just as damaging as physical blows.

TallTchr said...

Good thought, Momcat. I was thinking of the hands applying make-up, hiding the countenance, and plucking the eyebrows. However, they can also be drying tears; Picasso did a whole series of paintings of weeping women.

Anonymous said...

learned a lot