Negotiating Muslim Steampunk

The final product. Ms. K, Inquisitor of the social sciences and robotics. I’m on the hunt for a man named Rex Marxley.

This post was originally published at wood turtle.Goggles and gears, corsets adorned with brass and lace brocade, Victorian aesthetics meshed with clockwork, artisans selling creative curios, side show fancies and handmade wares — all came together seamlessly for an imagined moment in time that transformed the historic Gladstone Hotel in Toronto for an annual steampunk street festival.With my feathered top hat pinned firmly to my hijab and my robotic “ocular enhancement” painted on my fac … [Read more...]

The Bee and the Butterfly

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This post was originally published at wood turtle.This woman is my hero.I’m not saying this just because a newspaper is showcasing her fabulous strength and intelligence — or because I love amplifying stories of amazingly fierce women.This woman is my hero because we’ve laughed together, shared incredible experiences, seen each other at our most vulnerable, and have given each other support in countless ways.This woman is my AMAZING sister-in-law and I am incredibly proud of h … [Read more...]

“Alice in Arabia” Sounds Like a New Drama That’s Going to Tell the Same Mind-Numbing Story

Cross-posted from Tumblr. We don’t know much about ABC Family’s new drama, “Alice in Arabia”, but I already have a feeling that it’s going to be pretty terrible. The network, which targets a younger crowd, has ordered three drama pilots, and one of them follows the story of a “rebellious American teenage girl who, after tragedy befalls her parents, is unknowingly kidnapped by her extended family, who are Saudi Arabian.” The show will apparently follow the title character in her fight to return … [Read more...]

Challenging Stereotypes: Part II

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This post was originally published at wood turtle.Finally, here’s the fourth post in my series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women. It was an absolute joy to speak to these phenomenal women and it was so exciting to pick their brains. If I had the power, I would have invited everyone for a massive party.As I’ve pointed out throughout this series, these blogs and social media personalities are resource-mining and community-building. They are story telling with authentic voices and en … [Read more...]

Challenging Stereotypes: Part I

Much different from a bag of garbage, this Afghani girl attends a skateboarding school where 40% of its students are female.

This post was originally published at wood turtle.This is the third post in my ongoing series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women.There are amazing media makers in the Muslim blogosphere and this is by no means a comprehensive list of all the fabulous people out there challenging stereotypes. In fact, I’ve had to split this post into two in order to include everyone. Stay tuned for Part II.If you have a favourite example that’s not represented here, please share it in the comme … [Read more...]

Mothering in an Age of Gendered Islamophobia

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This post was originally published at wood turtle.This is the second post in my series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women.While some media argue that (identifiable) Muslim women are more likely to suffer Islamophobic attacks than men, I also recognize that Muslim men and non-Muslim men are also recipients of racial and anti-Muslim violence.This post looks specifically at Gendered Islamophobia as targeted toward mothers and their families. ---Before she was even old enoug … [Read more...]

Veil Stereotypes: Constructing and Distorting Muslim Women

A screen capture of a Google image search for “Muslim women.”

This post was first published at wood turtle.Last summer I spoke at a conference about some of the media stereotyping of Muslim women and the consequences that negative images and Islamophobia have on Muslim women and their families.Over a series of posts I’ll be sharing some of my research looking at the various ways Muslim women and mothers are presented by media, how this effects women’s relationships to their families, religion and Selves, and how women are in turn, responding to thes … [Read more...]


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