Take this Hijab and Love It

This post was written by Jillian C. York, and originally published in the Winter 2009 issue of Bitch magazine.Muslim women, as a group, don't lack for media attention, but to say their representation in mass media is lopsided would be an understatement: They're the subject of political, religious, and feminist debates, but their own voices are nearly invisible in the mainstream media, in film, and in books. But the one place Muslim women--in particular, muhajabat, or wearers of the hijab--are … [Read more...]

Questioning the Veil, Questioning the Questioner

Today we witness postcolonial Orientalism coming to grips with its obsession with the hijab. While the white French elite seem fixed on debating its symbols, the British media are asking why women choose to wear it. Once, the obsession was an obvious desire to unveil Muslim women (think postcards of semi-naked North African women during the colonial period of the turn of the 20th century).Such pictorial colonial fantasies are now a thing of the past. Now, French men have now moved from openly … [Read more...]

You Say You Want a Revolution (in a Loose Headscarf)

This was written by Mimi and originally published at threadbared.Because this is a fashion plus politics blog, I want to post some very brief thoughts about the protests rocking Iran after what some observers are calling a fraudulent election, reinstalling President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against his main opposition, moderate reformer Mir Hossein Mousavi. (For news about the election and protests, The New York Times' The Lede News Blog is frequently updated. For more analysis, check out Juan … [Read more...]

OH NOES! Hijab will make you sick!

The results of a new study on Arab women in Dearborn, Mich., have been released. The study revealed that women who wear "traditional clothing" (code word for hijab) are prone to lower levels of vitamin D because of less exposure to sunlight. Two articles on the study (here and here) read like,  "Oh noes! Those poor hijabis who get no sunlight will get so sick!" This recent study is just the latest in a line of studies on hijabis in various parts of the world which all have the same result: … [Read more...]

No Headscarf, No Entry: Golshifteh Farahani’s Dilemma

MMW's Friday Links last week had within it three links about Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (below), who has appeared in the recent Hollywood film Body of Lies. Apparently, from the news reports, it seems that Farahani has created quite a stir within Iran, or as the LA Times reported some "Middle East-style intrigue". Middle East-style intrigue? What is Middle East-style intrigue? Are they referring to the issue some Iranians are having with her appearance in an American film? The comment … [Read more...]