Are “Latina” Muslim Women the New Face of Islam?

Henri Matisse’s Odalisque - via It’s About Time

What do you think when you hear the word Latin? Or Latina, to be more exact? Spicy? Or perhaps “loud,” “flamboyant” and “sexy”? Maybe the word just inspires images of women like Salma Hayek and J-Lo. Many of us are, sadly, very familiar with the image of what “Latinas” are supposed to look like. Just think of bombshell Gloria from Modern Family, hyper-sexual Gabrielle Solis from Desperate Housewives or Michelle Rodríguez, the sexy tomboy, from Fast and Furious.As a Latin American woman, t … [Read more...]

Friday Links | September 2, 2011

It's been a busy Eid week, readers. We're sorry to divert from the normal Friday links, but are presenting a shortened version this week. We'll be back to our regular programming next week!A Latina fights stereotypes in her own community about what happens when a woman converts to Islam: "As soon as I started wearing [the hijab] I got a lot of stares," said Fikri, 27, who was raised as a Christian in East Harlem's Thomas Jefferson Houses and became a Muslim seven years ago."Even my own … [Read more...]

Erasing the Dichotomy: Positive Portrayals of Latina Muslims

Melinda wrote a while ago about negative media representation of Latina Muslim women.  She described a lot of the common one-dimensional assumptions attributed to Latina women who become Muslim, such as the idea that: in Latino culture, men are macho jerks and women are sex objects. In Islam, they are covered up and immediately respected. The author retells the woman’s decision to leave Catholicism for Islam, her experience putting on hijab, and the sad reactions of her family. If the journalist … [Read more...]


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