Muslimah Media Watch - a forum that’s dedicated to analysing and deconstructing depictions of Muslim women in media - is seeking new contributors!
I would have definitely jumped at the opportunity had I been capable of a more sophisticated response than “STFU” (though thanks to the time I’ve spent on tumblr, it would now be “STFU, white ppl”).
Some of my favourite artilces posts on MMW:
I’m fed up by the fact that positive views women make about the headscarf fall systematically on many deaf ears. It’s time that the tables are turned on the curious people who more often than not have misconceptions and pre-conceived views about Muslim women and what we wear, in which we study their motives and question their curiosity about our lives. Enough about us, we should be asking, “Why do you want to know?”
Do we take our Muslim feminist hat off to put another one on when we talk about reproductive justice? How would a Muslim feminist feel about capitalism and unethical consumerism? These may be issues that may be beyond the remit of Islamic feminists who turn to strictly theological sources for answers, but is definitely within the purview of Muslim feminism.
Going “under cover” as a Muslim to get to know Muslims implies that we are a closed, isolated group of individuals whose experiences cannot be known and understood unless an outsider comes in to examine us, like an American safari team traveling to Africa to study the behaviors exhibited by the Chacma Baboon.
Depictions of Muslim women in recent political cartoons serve mainly two purposes: they are political commentary (on terrorism, “barbarism,” extremism), and they are also a resource in the politics of fear. Muslim women are drawn in a way that encourages distrust and that alerts the observer. They are shown as hiding something behind all that clothing; therefore, they are a security concern. In an era of securitization, this is a very powerful commentary.
Arab women are fighting against tyranny of their own shade are the exemplars of a two-fold revolution: one against state tyranny and the other against patriarchy. But when Arab women are fighting against imperialist and neo-colonialist state narratives and tanks, such as Palestinian women against Israeli occupation and apartheid, they just so happen to miss the mark of grazing a headline or an article topic.