Behind the Burqa Ban: The Problem with France’s Muslim Feminists

This article was written by Peter Gray.France’s decision to outlaw face veils sparked a robust debate about religion and women’s rights. In response to concerns that the law will negatively impact Muslim women, its advocates frequently mention that it enjoys the approval of several prominent French Muslim feminists. What is not mentioned, however, is that behind their feminist façade, these women have a troubling record of harassing the women they claim to speak for.Discussions of Muslim fe … [Read more...]

Ni Putes Ni Soumises: Experiments in Online Activism

This was written by Lobna Hadji and originally appeared at, Digital Journalism.I wasn’t meant to die so young… My name is Sohane Benziane. I was born in France to Algerian parents. On October 4th, 2002 my life came to a sudden end when my ex-boyfriend NoNo set me on fire. I remember the screams, the insults…the gasoline. For a quick moment, I became a flambeau vivant- a living torch. My flame died two hours later at the hospital.Fadela Amara is a human rights activist who foun … [Read more...]