Feminism is ultimately about agency; about women being able to design their lives for themselves as freely as men do. And so, there's nothing a woman can wear that is inherently oppressive. What matters is whether or not she chose to wear it freely. It seems that some people don't understand this, and feel the need to correct women's behavior to "save them from themselves." Well, one teen girl isn't having it.Read More
In 2010, Peruvian gay rights activist Oscar Ugarteche was finally able to marry his partner of 17 years, Fidel Aroche, in Mexico City after Mexico legalized same-sex marriage. However, when he tried to register his marriage in his native country the following year through the Peruvian consulate so that he could change his marital status on his passport, his petition was denied. So, he filed a lawsuit.Read More
Feminism Around the World: Saudi Arabian Song “Hwages” Warns the U.S. About What a Trump Presidency Means For Women
It's awesome when men get on the feminism train and realize that gender equality benefits everyone. Saudi Arabian artist-director-editor Majed el-Asa has scandalized his home country by creating a video in which women *gasp* go skateboarding, play basketball, and have fun at an amusement park. The video is called "Hwages," and it's obviously about more than just getting to drive bumper cars.Read More
14-year-old Fareeha Tafim is a Muslim girl from Hyderabad in India. While Hindus comprise the majority of people in Hyderabad, Muslims are a large minority, and Fareeha attends a Muslim school. That school began giving female students lessons in wushu, a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts that has become increasingly popular in India. Why teach it to schoolgirls? Because of the epidemic of violence against women and girls they face.Read More
A Bystander’s Guide to Standing up Against Islamophobic Harassment (and Other Types of Harassment, Too)
A Paris-based illustrator and filmmaker who goes by the handle Maeril on Tumblr has posted a short and helpful illustrated how-to guide for bystanders who want to step in and help someone experiencing Islamophobic harassment in a public place.Read More
Feminism Around the World: France “Cracks Down” On the Burkini, Profiling Female Muslim French Citizens
Because women's bodies are for public consumption. By law.
When Aheda Zanetti of Australia invented the burkini, clothing designed to allow athletic Muslim women and girls to play sports and swim while preserving their modesty, she did so to allow them greater freedom. France doesn't seem to have gotten the memo.Read More
Eight women who work for online modeling agencies in Iran have been arrested for the "un-Islamic" photos they had posted to Instagram.Read More
Steph Mantis, a Brooklyn-based designer, has crafted this pizza night light for those of you who want to dream of cheesy slices right before you drift off to sleep.Read More
I mean, it seems like you could stop at just shooting someone and call that enough, right? Not when there's money to be made.
Do you hate Muslims so much that just shooting them is not good enough? Well, good news, you horrible monster -- a small ammunition manufacturer has developed a bullet just for you, you venomously xenophobic nightmare of a human being. Idaho's own Jihawg Ammunition is manufacturing bullets tipped in pink paint that has been infused with pork. The idea is that the presence of pork -- which is haram, or forbidden, under the tenets of Islam -- in the killing round will send Muslim faithful killed with the ammunition "straight to hell."Read More
This past weekend, one of the popular multiplayer maps for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 disappeared from the regular rotation. Favela, as the map is called, was taken down by developer Infinity Ward, and by extension publisher Activision, because Muslim gamers had found and complained about a bit of offensive imagery present in the level. See, one of the decorative frames in a bathroom found in the level contains a quote from the Prophet Muhammad -- which is a big no-no in the Islamic faith.Read More
This Sunday's Non Sequitur cartoon features a pretty simple joke: what if you replaced Waldo with some one else? Please note (by clicking the image above for the full version) that an image of the prophet of Islam does not appear. Anywhere in the panel. (Actually, I was kind of angry when I read it in the paper, because I felt it was nerd sniping me. Of course, now I have to check and see if you actually put him in there, and see just how far your punchline goes. Make me work, why don't you.) Anyway, despite actually not having an image of the prophet Muhammed, some papers apparently declined to run it yesterday.Read More
Social media and execution seem to be dancing hand-in-hand today, as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and cohorts find themselves the subjects of investigation regarding blasphemy against the Islam founder Muhammad.
The Register reports that lawyer Muhammad Azhar Siddique filed an application last month to launch a First Information Report on the Facebook-hosted "Draw Muhammad" page. Most contemporary Sunni Muslims forbid visual depictions of the prophet. If Zuckerberg, his fellow co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, and "Andy," the German woman who initiated the contest, are charged as criminals under a section of the Pakistan Penal Code prohibiting "use of derogatory remark etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet," they would hypothetically face life imprisonment or, worse, the death penalty.Read More
This has been a great week for conspiracy theorists as the U.S. Defense Department unveiled their new logo for their missiles system. Pictured on the left there, you can see how it bears a resemblance to President Barack Obama's campaign design. But also, the Islamic crescent symbol and the Iranian Space logo.Read More