“We are in the second decade of the 21st century, and the fight over poor women’s access to birth control I thought was finished,” said state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen).
The construction of Sadah as the pitiful child bride of Bin Laden reminds me of the language used in relation to Muslim women in Afghanistan after the attacks of 9/11. Such images risk provoking the problematic question of whether or not certain Muslim women need “saving”. For me, this takes away from one of the most important victories of the Arab spring – the shift in perspective regarding the coverage of Arab and Muslim women. Rather than focusing on stereotypes, media images of women playing an active role in creating social change have begun to paint a much more nuanced picture of the diverse struggles faced by women in the Arab world.
You don’t carry around the evidence the way you would if you had lost your leg or your arm in Afghanistan.
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan on being sexually assaulted in Egypt; she talked to the NYT about how sexual violence and intimidation toward female journalists is rarely covered by the media (via NYT