Responsibility as Representatives: A Need for Honest Reflection

In our roundtable on the Foreign Policy “sex issue” I spoke about the responsibility one has when representing, speaking or acting on behalf of one’s own community.   Among other reactions to that issue, Mona Eltahawy’s article garnered various responses from Arab women, expressing their disapproval of Eltahawy’s claim to speak on behalf of Arab women. Wherever one stands, I think the issue does raise questions on what it means for Muslims, or those who identify as being in connection with certai … [Read more...]

Some Issues with Foreign Policy’s “Sex Issue”: Part One

So I'm sure that pretty much everyone has, by now, seen Foreign Policy magazine's recent "Sex Issue," which looks at issues related to gender, sex, and politics in various countries.  The article that's gotten the most attention is Mona Eltahawy's piece "Why Do They Hate Us?," in which Eltahawy writes about the many forms of violence against women in Arab countries.We've got some responses from several MMW writers coming, today and tomorrow, but to start off, here's a roundup of some of the … [Read more...]

Dreyfuss and Iran’s “Women Commandos”

If you’ve been following coverage of the fallout from the recent Iranian elections, you have been bound to see images of women in the streets as part of protests against the election results. In fact, the Western media has put a feminine face on much of its coverage of what is happening in Iran connecting feminism once more to Western interests in Iran and the region as a whole.Robert Dreyfuss’s op-ed for The Nation explores women’s role in the recent rebellion as well as the women’s rights mov … [Read more...]