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.
By saving Muslim women, the Republic not only saves itself by ‘reasserting’ its waning sovereignty, but it also simultaneously saves face by disavowing its responsibility for such a waning. The state’s investment in Maghebi-French sexuality, then, is entwined with the question of sovereignty, and with the disavowals and reinstatements -indeed, reinstatements under the guise of disavowals – on which neoliberal power hinges. Mayanthi L. Fernando in “Save the Muslim Woman, Save the Republic: Ni Putes Ni Soumises and the Ruse of Neoliberal Sovereignty” (via kawrage)
This colonial legacy of feminism in the Middle East… has been more directly explored by Leila Ahmed in her analysis of the way that Lord Cromer, the British governor of Egypt in the early years of the twentieth century, seemed to champion the emancipation of Egyptian women while condemning women suffragists back home in England. She argues that the European obsession with unveiling women, reflected in the efforts of Lord Cromer (and the even more drastic efforts Marnia Lazreg has documented for the French in Algeria), has produced the contemporary fixation on the veil as the quintessential sign of Muslim resistance and cultural authenticity.36 Ahmed frames her critique of what she calls “colonial feminism” in terms of the concept of culture. She argues that what the colonists sought was to undermine the local culture. Like Lazreg, another feminist scholar from the Arab world who has had to confront academic feminists in the West, she is particularly disturbed by the resemblances she perceives between the colonial discourses and the discourses of some Western feminists of today. Ahmed worries that some Western feminists devalue local cultures by presuming that there is only one path for emancipating women—adopting Western models. Lila Abu Lughod in the introduction of Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East (via muslimwomeninhistory)