“Amira & Sam” and the Hijab

The issue of stereotyping Muslims has been controversial throughout Hollywood’s history, and looking at American films and TV in general, we can see that Muslim men (usually represented as dark skinned, bearded, and speaking broken English) have almost invariably placed the "bad people category." Nick Recktenwald, from The Mic comments on this here: In general, Muslims in Hollywood cinema exist as one-dimensional characters: ignorant menaces hell-bent on kidnapping or killing as many Westerners … [Read more...]

Missionary Rhetoric: A Cry of Need from Lands of Darkness

When Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid's Tale, a feminist dystopia set in a world run by a totalitarian theocracy, she said that she hadn't "invented anything," but taken her inspiration from fundamentalist Christianity in the United States, and the Islamic Revolution in Iran, among other things.In the context of the war on Afghanistan, Mary Adams wrote in World Literature Today that there is a need to "reread The Handmaid's Tale after the Taliban:" For those of us who read The Handmaid Tale … [Read more...]

Mother Knows Best: CNN’s interview with an alleged suicide bomber

Sometimes I wonder why I even browse CNN.com anymore. However, it does tend to make for a good story for MMW each week :)This story about an Iraqi woman being detained because she is an alleged suicide bomber is pretty ridiculous....more so than what I'm used to seeing on there. Anytime mainstream news sources cover the 'phenomenon' of female suicide bombers, they regard it just as such: a PHENOMENON. Like it is impossible for women to be violent? Like women are only violent when they are … [Read more...]