A spot on article by my amazing activist sister Azeezat Johnson! X
Talk given on 30th July 2016 at Living Islam Festival
This conversation has to begin by discussing the way hijabis and niqabis as ‘Visibly Muslim’ women have become central objects of Islamophobic language and action. There is a particularly frustrating white feminist desire to “unveil” and “free” the Muslim woman. Other than the weapons of mass destruction that never materialised, this was a central argument in the lead up to the Iraq war. One only needs to look to Laura Bush’s words to see how apparently “the fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women.”
This argument is not new and stems from a long running colonial language that suffragettes used to position themselves as superior to their so-called “sisters” in India or on plantations in the US.
White feminists doing their usual offensive white feminist dance
This is typified through the suffragette…
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