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Public Shaming: Americans Call First Indian American Miss America Winner a Terrorist

This is sooo ridiculous and horrifying, now you are declared a terrorist based on your skin colour. As if demonizing muslims wasnt enough, all brown people are “terrorist”. Thank you FoxNews for creating this mindseet and unleashing a bunch of racisit morons upon this world.

publicshaming:

On Sunday September 15, 2013, Miss America 2014 was crowned. Who will be the new Miss America?

24 year old Miss New York, Nina Davuluri. Born in Syracuse, New York and having lived in Oklahoma and Michigan, Nina Davuluri is the first ever Indian American crowned Miss America.

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When Nina was…

bloglikeanegyptian:

an evening of reading the most awful misogynistic articles on dumb islamic websites has lead me to this:

i’ve always kind of wanted to do a webcomic starring a badass muslim superhero who defends women against the kind of stupid idiocy we have to put up with every day whilst shutting up all the white feminists who try to co-opt the struggle.

i actually sincerely want to develop this because do you REALIZE the potential behind a hijabi/niqabi superhero like her outfit comes with a ready-made abaya-cape and a mask so i’m really into it but yeah this is sort of a quick brain storming comic for the entire concept lemme know if you like it.

seppin:


An Iranian channel ran a story about how a certain kind of martial arts is enjoying increasing popularity among Iranian women. This means that a) Iranian women have rights, b) Iranian women can access the public sphere, c) Iranian women participate in organized, public sports, and d) an Iranian government news channel has no problem with any of this.
Faced with these facts, the Western media panicked: some news agencies resorted to the stereotype of Iranian women as veiled, militant fanatics; others opted for infantilizing portrayals of suffering women using martial arts as their only escape. Can you imagine any self-respecting Western reporter writing a story that explained, unprovoked, the popularity of karate among girls in suburban Los Angeles by citing America’s high rates of sexual assault? Additionally, few bothered to mention that recently it has been Western sports organizations that have prevented Iranian women from playing, for example in 2011 forcing the Iranian women’s soccer team to forfeit hope of reaching the Olympics because they wore sports hijabs on the field.
Narratives of weak or militant Iranian women are not just dishonest; they also fuel a political narrative whereby Islamism is equated with backwardness and the ability of women to reconcile Islamic ideals with feminist goals is entirely obfuscated. Both Western conservatives and many secular feminists often participate in this obfuscation, effectively trying to either hide Iranian women’s successes in order to demonize Iran or by ignoring the ideologies of liberation they have formulated in order to preserve the status of secular feminism as the only path to women’s liberation.

Read the entire article. You can follow ajammc on tumblr here. 

seppin:

An Iranian channel ran a story about how a certain kind of martial arts is enjoying increasing popularity among Iranian women. This means that a) Iranian women have rights, b) Iranian women can access the public sphere, c) Iranian women participate in organized, public sports, and d) an Iranian government news channel has no problem with any of this.

Faced with these facts, the Western media panicked: some news agencies resorted to the stereotype of Iranian women as veiled, militant fanatics; others opted for infantilizing portrayals of suffering women using martial arts as their only escape. Can you imagine any self-respecting Western reporter writing a story that explained, unprovoked, the popularity of karate among girls in suburban Los Angeles by citing America’s high rates of sexual assault? Additionally, few bothered to mention that recently it has been Western sports organizations that have prevented Iranian women from playing, for example in 2011 forcing the Iranian women’s soccer team to forfeit hope of reaching the Olympics because they wore sports hijabs on the field.

Narratives of weak or militant Iranian women are not just dishonest; they also fuel a political narrative whereby Islamism is equated with backwardness and the ability of women to reconcile Islamic ideals with feminist goals is entirely obfuscated. Both Western conservatives and many secular feminists often participate in this obfuscation, effectively trying to either hide Iranian women’s successes in order to demonize Iran or by ignoring the ideologies of liberation they have formulated in order to preserve the status of secular feminism as the only path to women’s liberation.

Read the entire article. You can follow ajammc on tumblr here

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Nashadelic: Words That Haunt Me

Heartbreaking

nashadelic:

It was after Bilal Riaz’s funeral prayer. We were in line taking turns to console his father; retired Major General Nasim Riaz, a well known senior anesthesiologist. Bilal had been killed the day before along with 36 others in one of the most brutal attacks we had seen in Pakistan. He had gone…

Meet Fahad Umar - This Week’s Curator (26/05/13-02/06/13)

Tweets as @fahadumar

I am Fahad Umar, 25, a finance graduate, currently associated with an investment advisory firm. Books are my best companion. Chocolates and ice cream my weaknesses. I like to keep a positive attitude, enjoy little things in life, earn a smile from others. And I have a passable sense of humor.

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Meet Andaleeb Rizvi- This Week’s Curator (22/05/13-28/05/13)

Tweets as @AndaleebRizvi

An architect, a City Editor in Daily Times, teaching at Karachi University as a visiting faculty in the Architecture department, I dabble in feminism, atheism, Sufism  constructivism, deconstructivism… all these isms and so many more.

And if this was all, maybe writing my own bio would not have been such a drag, but it is, always has been. Apart from experimenting in journalism, writing my thoughts, opinions, poems, experiences on my blog, I paint, draw, sketch, make jewellery, do photography, and if I am not doing that, I rant on FB and Twitter.



I am all that I write, say, draw, make, and still none of it.

For a better idea, you might want to visit my blog @ http://andaleeb-rizvi.blogspot.com/ orhttp://andaleebrizvi.tumblr.com/ where I post whatever piques my interest.

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