Is This Islam-Themed Porn Movie Pure Hotness, or a “Fetishistic Fantasy Rooted in a White Savior Complex”?

If you like porn and you have a burning desire to get edumacated on the different types of Islamic women’s garments, I guess you could turn to the upcoming porn feature Women of the Middle East for, um, enlightenment. It features four scenes that each show

… a different type of veil — hijab, niqab, khimar, and burqa. [E]ach scene is meant to highlight or provide social commentary on a different aspect of women’s status in the Islamic world.

I don’t envy Vice author Mark Hay, who finds himself selling a bit of titillation in his article about the super-smutty film, while at the same time touting his culturally sensitive bona fides. Vice‘s headline reads “Shockingly, a Porno Featuring Hijabis and Niqabis Is Not Very Sensitive Toward Islam,” and Hay adds that

While the script tries to mix up the status quo of white male domination of brown women with a scene featuring a dominant veiled woman, and attempts to portray the lesser-seen world of conservative Muslim prostitution, it does so very ham-fistedly. What pops out may not be a demur [sic] hijabi getting gangbanged by aggressive Americans, but it’s still a fetishistic fantasy rooted in a white savior complex with a heavy garnish of Arabo-Muslim stereotypes.



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Columnist Trashes “The Book of Mormon” Musical… Even Though He Didn’t See It

“The Book of Mormon” musical recently opened in Salt Lake City for the first time and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. (As it should be, because that musical is fantastic.)

Jim Bennett, however, is not a fan. He slammed the show in a critique for the Mormon Church-owned Deseret News:

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The Science-y New Trailer for Zoolander 2

The trailer for the upcoming Zoolander sequel is out and it includes a brief tour of the galaxy, a Stephen Hawking-like narrator, and a question that has stumped Christian apologists for centuries:



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Homeschooling Christian Pastor Slams Evolutionary Biologists and Astrophysicists in Sermon

It’s time once again for the Pastor Steven Anderson game. That’s where I click on a random part of his latest sermon and listen for a minute. If I hear him say something crazy, I post about it. If he doesn’t, I skip it. (It’s an easy game if you just jump right to the 10:00 mark.)

His latest rant is about a guy who criticized him for not teaching his homeschooled children about proper science. Anderson’s response? He doesn’t need to teach them about silly things like that because it’s not like certain kinds of scientists have made any useful contributions to society:



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The Burning Bush Story Finally Makes Sense

(via The New Yorker)

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