Drastic Plastic: emel Focuses on Women and Body Image

Very seldom does Muslim media produce quality critical analysis of issues facing Muslim women. But emel magazine published a series of articles doing just that to tie in with International Women's Day, They are, thankfully, not the run-of-the-mill articles about "why hijab" or "how to be the perfect (insert womanly role here)" that a lot of Muslim media is awash with these days. This issue of emel focuses on body image, and in the introduction, Sarah Joseph, a revert to Islam, discusses her … [Read more...]

The Astonishing Case of the Shrinking Muslim Woman

It's become common belief that Muslim women, particularly those wear the hijab, are liberated from the media-driven standards of beauty that values the thin and the willowy. But it's a belief that couches on the idea that head-coverings and modest clothes provide little incentive for showing off a great looking body in public. In other words, Muslim women are supposed to live blissfully unaffected by media and social pressures that both distorts our body image and damages our self-esteem. So … [Read more...]


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