Posts tagged "islam"

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 suspect, Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev, on the cover of the latest issue. Many are upset that Tsarnaev is on the cover at all, as well a…

Jessica Wakeman / July 18, 2013

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? Going into a mosque in Stockholm, Sweden, while wearing burqas and then whipping off the veils to reveal their bare breasts underneath and political sloga…

Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2013

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 in Indonesia this September. Said the pageant organizer:
“It has been misunderstood by some people that Miss World is a beauty competition focusing o…

Alyson Penn / June 7, 2013

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. Their lawyers say the women were not behaving in a debauched manner in the deeply Islamic country because they were staging a political protest, not

Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2013

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 it, there are lots of rumors that Janet converted to Islam before the wedding. Considering that religious conversions for marriage happen all the time –…

Lilit Marcus / April 11, 2013

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Update, 5:15p.m.: Chicago Public Schools have rescinded the order to yank Persepolis from the shelves.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 the best series of graphic novels that I have ever read. I recommend it to everyone. And I read a lot of graphic novels. The…

Jessica Wakeman / March 15, 2013

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 issued against us just for wanting to rock out. That’s what the band Praagaash had to face, simply because they’re Muslim girls who want to…

Julie Gerstein / February 6, 2013

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 sexual assault. It is one thing to suggest, however ludicrously, that veiled women prevent men from being tempted to rape (because we know men are…

Jessica Wakeman / February 4, 2013

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 encouraged to wear a head-covering hijab veil.

With slogans like “Before you judge, cover up … for a day” and “better awareness, greater…

Jessica Wakeman / February 4, 2013

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 Islamic veil, with the caption “I had a real goth/fundamentalist attitude when I woke up from my nap.”

I leave it to the…

Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2012

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 jobs in television, even ones where they would not appear on camera, because they are covered except for their eyes. Maria launched on July 20…

Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2012

“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 women to study the Koran. The 2011 documentary, airing on Thursday, July 19 on PBS’s Point Of View series, explores the impact studying the the Kora…

Daley Quinn / July 13, 2012

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 any danger on the field. [ESPN]
A newsletter put out by Boston cops is filled with sexist, racist and all around icky jokes. [Bitch

Jessica Wakeman / July 5, 2012

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 the government to lay off the makeup and wear veils more frequently. The Information & Cultural Ministry asked TV networks to require women to wear…

Jessica Wakeman / February 16, 2012

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 I write for proved to be awkward. But when I told one woman that The Frisky was similar to Cosmopolitan magazine, she exclaimed, “Oh, I…

Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2011

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 guardian’s permission — usually a father, brother or husband — to work, travel, study abroad, and marry, along with numerous other activities. Some see King…

Jessica Wakeman / December 29, 2011

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 of the law has already been approved. Face-covering Muslim veils have already been banned in France and Belgium. [BBC]
A “boat club” in Illinoi…

Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2011

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 go in a car. He even has a say in who you get to marry.

This is life under Saudi Arabia’s guardianship law…

Jessica Wakeman / July 5, 2011

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 the main suspect is a mentally unstable 16-year-old boy who confessed to killing Koren, a Muslim, for violating sharia law by participating in pageants. The…

Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2011

Saudi Women Plan Major Protest Of Driving Ban On June 17

On June 17, women in Saudi Arabia are planning a protest of the country’s ban on women drivers en masse by getting behind the wheel. Women in Saudi Arabia are forced to rely on male relatives or male drivers to get anywhere by car, and are not allowed to travel outside the country without a

Jessica Wakeman / May 24, 2011