January 22, 2014, - 2:25 pm
HUH?! Chick Fashion Mag Touts “Hipness, Style” of Muslim Full Ninja Face Veils (& Whines That Chicks Not Yet “Equal” in US Armed Forces)
And now for the latest edition of “Reading Women’s Mags So You Don’t Have To–-See What Your Wives/Daughters/Girlfriends Are Ingesting.” A popular American fashion magazine is touting the “hip”ness and “style” of Muslim women who wear the niqab, the full-ninja face veil (and those who wear the hijab–the Islamic headscarf). And the pic is quite hilarious . . . not to mention, sad. Medieval is the new black.
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about women’s fashion–and feminist–magazine, Marie Claire, and its absurd penchant for pimping Islamic garb and full face veils for women. As I noted several years ago, the magazine did a full, 8-page “fashion” spread of models glamorizing the Islamic garb of oppression (which Muslim women are forced to wear, lest their hirsute cheekbones or chins turn some uncontrollable Muslim guy on and cause him to legally rape her).
In the February 2014 issue of Marie Claire, a photo spread called, “Filter: No Place Like Home,” invites readers to peruse photographs of single women around the world in their bedrooms to “see how their private spaces reflect their personal style and passions.” The magazine shows us a black blob on a bed and tells us that this is a photo of Aisha Mohammed, age 25, of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Instead of laughing at how ridiculous the picture actually is, the magazine tells us that Ms. Mohammed lives “outside of the “ultramodern city’s limits.” Um, is the magazine trying to tell me that wearing this black schmatta over her face is “ultramodern”? Otherwise, why is it relevant that this person wearing a backward, black Casper the Ghost get-up reminiscent of those “fabulous!” Middle Ages, lives outside an “ultramodern city”? We’re told that Aisha lives in a desert village where temperatures can reach 130 degrees. And this is supposed to make me feel that her black blog outfit is chic? Nuh-uh.
Does the magazine really believe that this woman with a black rag over her face has any “personal style,” or that wearing a fabric garbage bag on her head is her “passion”? Uh-huh. Sure it is. Oh, and by the way, her straw tent “bedroom” is more appropriate to the “ultramodern” 18th century than the pages of a fashion magazine . . . especially a feminist fashion magazine that, just a page earlier, whines about and pimps us on women in combat roles in the U.S. Armed Forces. Are you kidding me? You try to pimp me on a woman covering her entire face in a black bedsheet in the name of Islam, and then you tell me you want women to be equal in America’s fighting forces? Get your story straight, Marie Claire.
I’m upset, though, that Aisha’s hands are showing. It might lead to a massive gang rape in Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, I’ve concluded from the photo that her sister’s prettier. And here’s a tip: “Lawrence of Arabia Chic” ain’t hip, no matter what they tell you. In fact, the “fashion” is fatal.
Oh, and by the way, in case the full-ninja look ain’t your thing, Marie Claire also shows you the ornately painted bedroom of hijab-encrusted Enas Sharif, 22, born in the desert, but now of Cairo, who wants to be a flight attendant to realize her “dream of traveling to places far from Egypt.” Gee, I wonder why. They forgot the last part: “and never coming back to Egypt.”
Exit Question: where are Marie Claire’s pics of Lara Logan’s “hip, stylish, passionate, ultramodern” bedroom in Tahrir Square?
Tags: Islam, Marie Claire, Marie Claire hijabs, Marie Claire Islam, Marie Claire niqabs