By Robin Lee Riley
Over the final ten years, Western governments and mainstream media have applied recommendations of white masculine supremacy and female helplessness, juxtaposed with Orientalist photos depicting girls of colour as mysterious, sinister and unsafe to aid struggle. Oscillating among "Mrs. Anthrax," woman suicide bombers and tragic, helpless sufferers, representations of "brown ladies" have spawned either rescue narratives and terrorist alerts.
Examining media and dad tradition from intercourse and the town 2 to vainness reasonable and Time journal, Robin Riley makes use of transnational feminist research to bare how this type of transnational sexism in the direction of Muslim ladies as a rule and Afghan and Iraqi ladies specifically has ended in a brand new type of gender imperialism.
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Extra info for Depicting the Veil: Transnational Sexism and the War
But I am not someone who readily gets angry, and I knew how much the trip depended on my being invisible until I absolutely had to show my face in order to do interviews. ’ Really? Prehistoric? Do cavemen live there? She does admit, though, unlike most US news sources, that the situation for women, in Kandahar at least, has indeed deteriorated since the US/Canadian/Western invasion. ’ In contrast, Alissa Rubin of the New York Times recently wrote about her experience wearing a burqa. She tells of purchasing one in order to be safer as she travelled ‘unembedded’ into Taliban territory.
The Fox story claims, and Pipes repeats, that ‘Pashtun men commonly have sex with other men, admire other men physically, have sexual relationships with boys, and shun women both socially and sexually – yet they completely reject the label of homosexual …’ Here same-sex relationships make these men perverts, and yet their refusal of the category of homosexual is also proof of their perversion. : 117). All of these stories repeat the following: ‘The report also detailed a disturbing practice in which “older men of status” keep young boys on hand for sexual relationships.
In September of 2010, while parliamentary elections were being held there, the Sunday New York Times ran a photo of Afghan women election officials. Nine women covered by burqas are seated at tables outside a polling place. There is what appears to be a male child standing on one of the tables. There are two figures in the background who appear to be draped in black. They may be women as well, although it is difficult to tell. ’ Of course, there is no reference to how these women may be endangered by the ‘democratic’ process put in place by the occupiers, a process ostensibly intended to liberate them.