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...]

Maher’s Muddled Muslim Dior Mockery

Based on his über-liberal political views, I assume Bill Maher has an open mind, and therefore understands that fashion transcends cultures. But for the sake of being a douche, he pretends like he doesn’t in his parody of niqabi women in a skit called "Muslim Dior,” part of his But I’m not Wrong comedy show. He also ran the skit on his television show, Real Time:I think it’s hard to argue with this statement: All women wear clothes and many women like fashion. Muslim women are no different. … [Read more...]

The Boy Who Cried “Witch!”: Saudis Investigate Domestic Workers for Witchcraft

Something decidedly medieval is in the air in Saudi Arabia. Fears of black magic and curses cast by Indonesian domestic helpers have spread across the country, and  Saudi employers increasingly feel the need to hire private investigators to check their domestic workers for suspicious behavior and evidence for witchcraft.Investigators, mostly foreign women from neighboring countries, are paid to search for photographs, hair, or clothes belonging to the employers before the domestic helpers are … [Read more...]

Don’t Ask Why: the BNP on Question Time

If you live in the U.K., you've no doubt been following (or have at least heard about) the controversy surrounding the far right British National Party's appearance on Question Time. If you don't, or you haven't, allow me to explain: following the election of two British National Party (BNP) MEPs in the 2009 European elections this summer, a representative of the BNP was invited onto one of the BBC's flagship political debate television programs last Thursday. The panel included Chris Huhne … [Read more...]

Your Joke is Not My Joke: Racism and Sexism in Jokes and Satire

Have you ever noticed how minorities—and oppressed people in general—lack a sense of humor? Lately, there have been plenty of jokes about Arabs and Muslims. So why aren’t we laughing?French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux recently felt his joke fall flat after this year’s summer congress. One of his traditional supporters, Amin Benalia, asked if he could take a picture with the minister. A woman in the crowd jokingly introduced Benalia to the team as someone different because he “eats pork an … [Read more...]


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