Above is a Turkish news photo I include completely without any sort of context. Out of curiosity, how do readers interpret something like this? An illustration of Muslim womens’ docility? An image of Muslim women remaining devout and yet claiming a place in the public sphere? That it’s annoying that people behave like religious sheep in the 21st century? That it’s a wonderful picture of human cultural diversity?  …?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05962018593312392087 Leo

    "How many brainwashed and coerced women over there, poor people" is my impresion really.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07515414035373189099 Mellodee

    Its impossible to say much of anything about the photo without knowing the context. Making judgements based on appearances is one of the reasons that prejudice still flourishes in the world. Sometimes a photo is only worth the paper its printed on.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11030669424412573308 Chris

    It looks like women at a political rally/speech. They look engaged, there are many smiles.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04461925376005496902 Aaron

    Maybe it is a school assembly at an all girls school? I can't really tell the age of the crowd.

    Would it make a difference to your perception if they weren't wearing the head scarf/hijab?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06162425851889399481 Eric Sotnak

    Pop singer Goktu thrills a crowd with his smash hit, 'Sweater Vests are Hunky'?

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