Responding to the Latest Attempts to Save Muslim Women from their Clothing

Note: Patheos is going through a site redesign at the moment, as you may have noticed, so we apologise in advance if there are any problems with how MMW is working this week!  We should be functioning normally soon.If my Facebook newsfeed is anything to go by, this story has reached possibly everyone who's interested in it already, but it's worth sharing anyway.  Last week, Adele Wilde-Blavatsky of The Feminist Wire published an article entitled "To Be Anti-Racist Is To Be Feminist: The H … [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...]

Between Satire and Stereotype: Gina Dirawi

Khadidje, Fadumah, Ruqaya, Fippan and Bettan are all characters created by blogger Gina Dirawi, a Palestinian Swede whose comic videos mocking racial and other stereotypes have become something of a sensation on the Swedish blogosphere. The following her blog has generated is large enough that she is currently blogging in affiliation with Swedish national television to encourage more young people to vote in September. Some of Gina's characters can be seen here, in an old 'Halal Hills' … [Read more...]

The Lobby for Abu Dhabi — An Essay by Carrie Bradshaw

Recently, Ms. Bradshaw traveled to the Emirates for a glamorous vacation with a few pals. Here, she recounts her thoughts about her time in Abu Dhabi.As I sit here in my sparkling new genie shoes, I am in a post-vacation glow. It was easy to become overwhelmed with the glittering luxury of our suite in Abu Dhabi, the cocktails, and the shopping. Upon returning from my trip, I could not help but be overwhelmed with a bit of patriotism. I have always been the greatest fan of this tiny island of … [Read more...]

Sex and the City 2: Orientalist Boogaloo

SEX AND THE CITY 2: ORIENTALIST BOOGALOOSara, Yusra, Safiyyah, and Fatemeh are here for your MMW SATC2 breakdown! We’re here for a frank discussion about the movie—so take note that there may be some serious spoilers after the jump.Ladies, start your engines! … [Read more...]

Beauty and the Beastly Pundits: More on Miss USA

Rima Fakih has become an unlikely member of the Islamophobic grab-bag of images. Joining the images of oppressed burqa-wearers and angry men with beards, Miss USA’s victory has become a part of another far-fetched conspiracy. The best part is that we are actually seeing a ridiculous debate about the legitimacy of her victory, and whether or not it is evidence of a secret, home-grown Islamic uprising.In an article initially entitled “Is Miss USA a trailblazer or Hezbollah spy?” CNN reinforces … [Read more...]

Nazia Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: On Nazia Quazi and the Media

Despite her story being told in a series of media alerts posted a few weeks ago on Racialicious, Katha Politt's blog at The Nation, and here at MMW, Nazia Quazi’s problem is not making the headlines it should. Dual Indian-Canadian citizen Quazi has been held in Saudi Arabia for the past two years due to her male guardian's (in this case, her father) refusal to allow her to leave the country.There are many versions to Quazi's story—some including a side trip to Dubai, some including a man, some … [Read more...]


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