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Picture of Moroccan Female MP in Parliament Worth a Thousand Words

Picture of Moroccan Female MP in Parliament Worth a Thousand Words

By Omar Bihmidine

Morocco World News

Sidi Ifni, Morocco, May 2, 2012

It is clearly up to any Moroccan to pass their own judgment of the photo recently taken of a seated female parliament member, taking off her shoes, and stretching her legs horizontally as though there was nothing worth discussing at the parliament.

I have no authority to judge anybody, nor do I pretend to judge the women herself, who might be a honest and hard-working person. What concerns me and propels me to write this opinion piece is her posture in a place where she is supposed to represent Moroccans and fight for their rights.

To catch parliament members indulging in this sort of rest isn’t new to us, for we are already used to catching some of them asleep and others absent from work. The posture of the member in the photo can be open to different interpretations.

At a time when members of parliaments in Belgium, France and other developed countries are caught making angry faces and grimacing at one another over their countries’ social ills, our camera unfortunately catches a woman, whom Moroccans once voted for, taking her rest and showing no anger whatsoever.

Perhaps, for her, it is not worth making a fuss about the concerns and daily burdens of the Moroccans who elected her. If she really cared about the social ills plaguing Morocco, she would at the very least behave herself and sit in a respectable manner. The picture tells us that she has attained the position of parliament member, and as is known about MPs, she is free of whether or not to voice the demands of Moroccans and debate them eloquently.

The picture talks without frills. It clearly says about the woman that she wasn’t listening attentively, that she didn’t feel an impulse to react against one of the current bitter realities brought up in the parliament, that she didn’t think it wise to take a pen or hold her arms as sign of interest, and that very probably she regretted even attending the meeting.

She was wearing composed, drowsy facial expressions. She wasn’t interested in what was being said for the simple reason that if she were, she wouldn’t help feeling enthusiastic, motivated, and concerned. She didn’t appear to assume any responsibility about the reasons why she was there. She must have forgotten that she was elected by Moroccans so as to represent them, not to shrug her shoulders and take a rest.

If we closely analyze the picture that has thousands of words to tell, we might mistake the place, the parliament, for a sitting room or a park where people go to have their leisure time. Morocco is currently going through hard times. Yet, according to the picture, it is self-evident that not all Moroccans experience the same hardships, for the representative elected to raise these everyday sufferings is busy stretching her legs. She might have been thinking about when the meeting will come to an end, where she is going to spend the weekend, where she is going to buy a flat and when she is going home to find her family safe and sound.

She might also have been dreaming, for the latter doesn’t need concentration. The act of dreaming is unconscious. Her drowsy eyes are staring blankly, and her thoughts switch only to her personal worldly concerns. As we all know, responsible men and women can never succumb to laziness if the people they take care of happen to be struggling.

The majority of Moroccans are in a daily struggle with unemployment, financial instability, poverty, corruption, illiteracy, and so on. Notwithstanding, one of the representatives, the woman in the photo, pays no heed to all this, and the woman’s irresponsible posture is a living proof to her apathy.

The photo says that the woman doesn’t fret, doesn’t move, doesn’t utter anything, doesn’t cry, doesn’t care, doesn’t grimace, doesn’t form wrinkles and doesn’t sit in a responsible manner. It goes without saying that she finds it challenging to interest herself in the needs of Moroccans. Her interest is to lounge comfortably and stretch her legs, whereas the interests of Moroccans are to live in dignity and enjoy their basic welfare.

The woman is waiting with bated breath when to call it a day and go back home, for she might have been fed up with hearing the grave social ills that have befallen the majority of Moroccan families. She might have been tired of sitting upright as she is not used to that as the picture clearly shows. She is used to lounging comfortably in a sofa while watching TV in her home or driving a car. The social problems Moroccans incessantly complain about have rendered the parliament member fatigued, not because they mean a lot to her, but because they disgust her. The picture taken of her in that irresponsible posture still has many more words to tell.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy.

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  • AlMoxtar

    This article rather disturbingly disingenuous, but sadly symptomatic of this superficial and hateful side of moroccan society. I will not comment on the act on itself, suffice to say is that we all have done similar things and will continue doing them wherever we think we can relieve ourselves with impunity from the stifling decorum of a situation. I will applaud and pity whomever declares to never have done so. But that’s not important.

    What’s important here is that you did permit yourself over this lengthy article a proper and meticulous character assassination based only over a single photo frame, and in this whole process didn’t stop to think of the absurdity of this exercise, because otherwise, surely, you wouldn’t have sent it to publication.

    Just from a single photo, you did permit your self to inhabit this woman’s psyche. You describe with such certainty what she felt and thought. You pass a moral judgement on her, condemning yourself in the process. How? By what right? With what clairvoyant talent the rest of us mere humans lack?

    Didn’t you stop to question this frenzy of ridicule that swept you along with other Moroccan facebook lemmings? Have you taken the precaution of at least discovering her name and political affiliation? Her age? Her health condition? Her achievement or lack thereof? Didn’t cross your mind to analyse what really this seemingly senseless mob attack meant? Didn’t the simple fact that she was a woman politician play a role?

    What really infuriates me is that rather than an irresponsible act of “sharing” on the media but rather passive and thus understandable, your article is deliberate, inventive and thought as well as time intensive. You simply have no excuse for shutting down your analytical faculties for so long, none whatsoever.

    • Nabil Es shaimi

      I am sorry to tell you that this is the bitter reality of most of MPs in Morocco Mr Moxtar. The article is maybe a bit agressive and is likely criticizing only this woman, the only thing which I don’t agree with in this article. Still, most of our MPs that got elected via illegal procedures, such as corruption, hold no interest in the people’s affairs. they’re just their for the salary.

      • AlMoxtar

        Really? Well, I guess it stands to reason. If you’re so quick to judging the whole lot of our representatives corrupt, unethical criminals, you certainly see nothing wrong in slandering a single one. Fair enough!

        Now, since you seem to have so much information I, and the public, clearly lack, obviously you’re an insider to many of the campaigns in the inner workings of the parliament. I strongly urge you to report these to the prosecutors, and reveal them in the press.

        • Nabil Es shaimi

          Mr Moxtar, don’t make me say what I did not. I precised in my comment that “most of our MPs THAT got elected via illegal procedures …” and I didn’t say “Most of our MPs ARE elected via …” And, believe me I feel pity for this woman. I know nothing about her and I am not so quick at giving judgments. I am just speaking in general.

          • AlMoxtar

            Ok, I concede. So not all the MPs, just some. Who are they, then? I suspect you have no specifics, just an unfunded feeling. So how are you generalizing when you have no sample to base your generalization on?

    • jalal.elmir

      I agree! There is a clear cut difference between the act and the interpretation! This article seems to be give more priorities to subjective rather than objective judgements.

    • Messaoud Mohammed

      Hey AlMoxtar, I can see your intervening every now and then is but to discretely show off your impersonal think-and-check-dictionary diction.
      Differently, your fake participation is but a mere wish to participate at all costs, even at the expense of contradicting yourself and plausible reality.
      I invite you to be really you and not a hard-cover lexis book, and nothing else matters….

  • ld55

    Not knowing the woman in question in this photo, but reading the article based only on the photo, I have to strongly disagree with author Omar Bihmidine. It’s clear to me (as a middle aged woman myself) that this woman has very poor health. The reason she has her shoes off and her legs up is not because of her imperious attitude “now that she is a Parlimentarian,” but because her legs SWELL if she doesn’t relieve them by elevating them after many hours. Her unfortunate choice of suit (although this is all that is sold in the stores these days, as longer skirts are considered “unfashionable” now) is a bit short for her legs. If it extended at least 10-15 cm below the knee she would not appear so bad. Unfortunately, women are being judged at a higher standard than men, and perhaps in the future she could find a good tailor to avoid unfortunate photos like this. We also don’t know the time of day this photo was taken. I feel about the same early afternoon (even in my early 20s), but hey, at least she showed up! Do you really think EVERY SECOND of discourse is profound? Most Moroccan speakers I have heard drone on and on repeating themselves. No one can be at their best 100 percent of the time, and I feel this unfortunate photo, of one day, is being interpreted out-of-context. The question to ask, is when you elect an older person, is their health up to it? Perhaps she does a really good job otherwise, and that’s why she was elected. No one likes people sleeping on the job, but from one photo, it is quite a leap to say this is a regular occurrence.

  • moroccan

    Once at the Doctor’s office, there was a sign in the exam room saying that if you are a diabetic to please remove your socks and shoes. So she possibly has a health condition, look at the unusual thickness of her legs. And in case she is not sick, well.. I’d still give the benefit of the doubt and not judge her completely based on an unflattering shot. Just saying. Have some faith !

  • zian

    OK! But why don’t you look at the MOROCCAN MALE MP on her right?He looks as ihf he’s relaxing in his living room! Oh see what atracted you are her legs!!!!

  • Ellen Chakir

    Omar, you just simply hate women in power? Just read your article about career woman. What a weak man you are if you feel threatened by women with education and power. Poor you!

  • Sally Li

    The reason why she is sitting like this, with her shoes off, is not
    difficult for a knowledgeable person to figure out right away.
    She is trying to avoid the pain of edema resulting from a
    kidney condition, which may or may not have been diagnosed
    yet. Everything about the picture is a telltale sign of the
    onset of falling GFR numbers. It may not have reached an
    emergency level yet, but why would anyone make fun of
    someone in pain? Maybe it is the outdated and wrong idea
    that men should dictate what women wear, which is ridiculous
    since it is women who invented clothing in the first place and
    clothed men with clothing.

  • mondialvillage

    >It is clearly up to any Moroccan to pass their own judgment of the photo
    recently taken of a seated female parliament member, taking off her
    shoes, and stretching her legs horizontally as though there was nothing
    worth discussing at the parliament.

    Hahaha, what a dish! She looks like she’s been pulled off the street to make up the numbers lol lol lol

    Is she any good? Does she have any decent policies? Anyone know?

    • barns

      The physical evidence in the photograph shows a slightly over-weight woman, strained and tired, alleviating pressure in her legs/feet. To draw other conclusions is unfair. She’s in “the work place”, see how workers in offices everywhere deport themselves in similar circumstances. If a Man was to kick off his shoes and put his feet up in the same situation would a remark be passed, I doubt it.


  • jim

    The Morroccan Parliament is not a sirius governance part. its more a herd of cattles owned by his highness royal.

  • taj nazir

    She looks terrible! Unfortunate choice of dress for a middle aged ‘rather on the large side’ woman. Better off in traditional that one.

  • M.

    Please consider proofreading your article before putting it on the internet.

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