Posts tagged "islam"

Muslim Women In India Warned Not To Post “Selfies” On Facebook

Selfies are a plague for the modern social media account — they also pose a conundrum for how religious values correspond with technology. Recently, Islamic clerics in India have indicated…

Jessica Wakeman | August 13, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Rolling Stone’s Article On Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Makes It Clear Patriarchy Was At The Root Of His Problems

It has been frustrating to watch people and businesses condemn Rolling Stone magazine — where, to be clear, I personally have no editorial affiliations — for putting the Boston bombing…

Jessica Wakeman | July 18, 2013 - 3:00 pm

FEMEN Activists Ripped Off Burqas To Reveal Naked Breasts Inside A Swedish Mosque

Oh, FEMEN. Whether you respect their antics or think they’re terribly offensive and annoying, you have to admit they’re good at publicity stunts! The topless feminist activist group’s latest hijinks?

Jessica Wakeman | July 1, 2013 - 4:30 pm

No More Bikinis For Miss World?

A collective groan from adolescent males can be heard ‘round the globe! The Miss World beauty pageant announced yesterday that there will be no bikinis worn in their 2013 pageant…

Alyson Penn | June 7, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Topless FEMEN Activists Charged With Debauchery

The African country of Tunisia put three activists from the topless feminist group FEMEN on trial for debauchery after they bared their breasts in the city’s capital in May.

Jessica Wakeman | June 5, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Pray Tell: Does It Matter If Janet Jackson Converted To Islam?

Janet Jackson, who is known for keeping her private life private, recently admitted that she had married her third husband, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al-Mana. Though she hasn’t confirmed or denied…

Lilit Marcus | April 11, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Chicago Public Schools Pull Graphic Novel Persepolis

Update, 5:15p.m.: Chicago Public Schools have rescinded the order to yank Persepolis from the shelves. This is great news! [Chicago Tribune]

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, is one of…

Jessica Wakeman | March 15, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Muslim Girl Band Praagaash Calls It Quits Thanks To Fatwa

Starting your own rock band can be a trying endeavor. But it’s safe to say that most of us burgeoning musicians don’t have to deal with having a religious fatwa…

Julie Gerstein | February 6, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Saudi Cleric Suggests Baby Girls Wear Burqas To “Protect” Them From Sexual Assault

A Saudi Arabian cleric raised eyebrows over his WTF suggestion on a TV program six months ago that baby girls should be covered head-to-toe in burqas to protect them from…

Jessica Wakeman | February 4, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Does World Hijab Day Lead To Greater Understanding Of Muslim Women?

Friday, February 1 wasn’t just two days before the Super Bowl — it was also World Hijab Day, when non-Muslim women and Muslim women who don’t ordinarily cover themselves are…

Jessica Wakeman | February 4, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Lena Dunham Tweets Pic Of Herself In Veil, Makes Dumb Joke About Muslims

No, girl, no. Just no. “Girls” creator Lena Dunham tweeted a TwitPic of herself this week, her head wrapped in what looks like a blanket as if it as an…

Jessica Wakeman | August 10, 2012 - 12:20 pm

TV Station Staffed By Fully Veiled Women Launches In Egypt

A new TV station called Maria recently debuted in Egypt which employs and is run by women who wear the face-covering niqab veil. Journalism students say they couldn’t find…

Jessica Wakeman | July 31, 2012 - 5:20 pm

“The Light In Her Eyes” Documentary Explores Koran’s Influence On Girls

Houda Al-Habash is not only seen driving her car in the opening scene of “The Light In Her Eyes,” but she is also steering hundreds of young Syrian girls and…

Daley Quinn | July 13, 2012 - 10:40 am

Muslim Women Now Allowed To Wear Headscarves In Professional Soccer

FIFA, the organization that governs professional soccer, has reversed its ban on Muslim athletes wearing the hijab after FIFA’s medical committee approved two types of headscarves which won’t pose…

Jessica Wakeman | July 5, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Women On Afghan TV Told To Wear “Less Makeup, More Veil”

Your daily reminder that as screwed up as our government’s attempts to control women’s bodies is sometimes, it could be worse: female TV presenters in Afghanistan have been warned by…

Jessica Wakeman | February 16, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Finding God In A Vibrator

I once spent a 4th of July weekend with about 15 hardcore evangelical Christians. (Ex-Mr. Jessica’s sister was a born-again.) Explaining to some of the women what kind of website…

Jessica Wakeman | December 30, 2011 - 1:30 pm

Today’s Lady News: Saudi Arabian Women Can Vote Or Run For Office Without Male Approval In 2015

Saudi women will be able to vote and run for office without a male guardian’s approval in 2015, an official has announced. Women in Saudi Arabia require a male…

Jessica Wakeman | December 29, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Today’s Lady News: Italy Wants To Ban The Burqa

It will be illegal to wear the burqa and other face-covering Muslim veils in public if a new bill can get the support of Italy’s Parliament. A draft version…

Jessica Wakeman | August 2, 2011 - 6:40 pm

Saudi Woman Challenges Her Dad Over Male Guardianship Law

Imagine that you could not travel or go to school without your dad’s permission. You need him, your brother, or a male driver to take you anywhere you want to…

Jessica Wakeman | July 5, 2011 - 4:40 pm

Muslim Beauty Pageant Contestant Katya Koren Stoned To Death

Katya Koren, a 19-year-old contestant in the Miss Ukraine beauty pageant, was found stoned to death in a forest this week. Police are not clear on who killed her, but…

Jessica Wakeman | June 2, 2011 - 10:20 am