The DSK Rape Victim is Everything but a Victim, According to the Media

The media response to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape charges is predictably horrific. The salacious gossip can maintain itself for weeks: the victim lives in a complex for HIV-positive residents (no wait! She doesn’t); wears hijab; and is “pious and respectable.” No, you say, she’s not unattractive—she’s actually got great breasts?A full 57% of French citizens claim that Strauss-Kahn, who was set to unseat Sarkozy in the upcoming election, was set-up at his Sofitel Hotel. This, of course, is p … [Read more...]

The Sensational Story That Wasn’t: Reports Of ‘Stoning’ Death Of Ukrainian Girl Turn Out To Be False

This was written by Farangis Najibullah and originally published at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. RFE/RL's Ukraine Service correspondents Volodymyr Prytula in Crimea and Maryana Drach in Prague contributed to this report.The headlines were nothing short of chilling."Aspiring 'Miss Ukraine' Killed Under Shari'a Laws In Crimea" warned Ukrainian online newspaper "Gazeta Po-Kievski.""Radical Islamists Murder Young Girl In Crimea," screamed Russia's "Svobodnaya Pressa.""Muslim Girl,19, … [Read more...]

Sexism and Islamophobia: An Under-Reported Link in Strauss-Kahn Coverage

This was written by Kevin Healey and originally published on the USC blog Trans/Missions.Dominique Strauss-Kahn's religious identity has made news since 1991, when the Jewish Tribune reported that each morning he asks himself how he can be "helpful to the state of Israel." He should have refuted the quote, he says, since it has only emboldened critics who deride him as "a leading French Jew" and a "devout Zionist." Such views, coupled with allegations of aggressive womanizing, would … [Read more...]

Jezebel Turns Osama bin Laden’s Daughter into a Killing Machine

Though one expects a whopping media event like the death of Osama Bin Laden to produce speculative stories on an industrial scale, it is to be hoped that the speculation is at least based in reality. Blogs engage in wild speculation, but serious media blogs are still behooved to be based on facts; otherwise, we might as well read slash fiction.None of this quibbling for Anna North at Jezebel, who ponders the future of Osama bin Laden's 12-year-old daughter, Safiyah, in a recent post. By … [Read more...]

Knight in Shining Armor or Idiot in Tinfoil?

Dear Bill Maher,Hey there, Billy. I’m pretty sure I can call you that now, since you have taken a personal interest in saving my life. Recently, you made the statement that Muslim lands will not get democracy without a “sexual revolution.” Muslim men, in your opinion, are sexist demons, which are an extension of states that crush the rights of women.Let’s be clear: a lot of screwed up things happen “over there,” and some of those things are “far worse” than “here.” You’re right about that. Bu … [Read more...]

Law & Order’s Lovesick Jihad Jane

The story of Colleen LaRose, an American citizen charged with terrorist-related crimes, made headlines last March as Americans were assured that yet another terrorist plot had been foiled. Colleen La Rose, infamously known as “Jihad Jane,” was pictured all over the news, described in most cases as a victim of brainwashing. Captivated by the fact that a woman, instead of a man, was behind a terrorist plot, the media zoomed in on the life of Colleen LaRose, delving into areas of her love life and e … [Read more...]

(Attempting to) Go Beyond the Stereotypes

The headline of a recent series about Muslim women of the community in the Utica Observer-Dispatch reads, “Behind the veil: Stereotypes can be frustrating for Muslim women.”  Major groan.  You know what else can be frustrating for Muslim women?  Headlines like “Behind the veil.”But for the most part, this article, and its related stories of four Muslim women, reflects some degree of openness and honest curiosity to know more about Muslim women on their own terms, not simply to regurgitate stere … [Read more...]