I've had enough of the sensationalist, exoticised, demeaning portrayals of Muslim women seen all throughout the media, and this is my way of countering all the nonsense.
This is not an attempt at 'breaking stereotypes' or trying to enlighten people, if you're ignorant enough to believe that Muslim women are oppressed and subjugated by Islam then that's your own problem.
This is my way of giving recognition to all the women who inspire me, and hopefully sending out some positive vibes.
"Muslim women of color just can’t win. If we talk about misogyny in our societies and how Muslim men don’t really want to change it we’re afraid it will be co-opted by racist white ‘progressives’ and ‘feminists’ as something inherent to our skin and culture and will use it as an excuse to push for nationalist agendas ignorant of our complex histories. So us Muslim women of color learn to talk in bursts, snippets or to stay silent and internalize it. But never at length. It’s not easy being a woman of color who finds her own defined solace in her religion but not in most men of her religion and it’s not easy being a woman of color who wants to practice her religion without having a White Savior hover over her body and life.”
— Ilana Alazzeh
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