Here’s my latest video essay for Time.com about a beauty queen, a comedian and media stereotypes.
I love the black abaya & veil. & just because i don’t look / act like the role model Rima Fakih, doesn’t make me scary. You can delete me, I understand as others have done so.
My voice is simply, I am not scary just because I don’t conform to the acceptable Rima Fakih “she is the right follow her” standards. Please kindly, it is challenging enough for me to wear the hijab for the negative stereotypes.
Please accept us. I can’t be Rima Fakih perfection.
May 27th, 2010, 4:52 pm
Cute video, Mona
I was interested to see where you came down on this, since I’ve seen you criticize the “bikini” thing and beauty pageants before.
May 27th, 2010, 9:13 pm
Very good. If a Muslim Miss USA does nothing else, it will at least cause the Islam bashers to stop and think.
May 28th, 2010, 7:16 am
Having Rima chosen as Miss USA is a refreshing glimpse into the non-traditional Muslim world. As an American, i am beyond proud to have her as our queenly representative in the beauty world.
July 8th, 2010, 11:25 am
I am a muslim Egyptian man, and I don’t think I would support any non muslim movement to ban niqaab or hijaab. I can sense how strongly you support any “western” initiative to pass laws to ban niqaab, and probably will do the same with those who will ban hijaab in the near future. What I don’t understand is why the right to be “without clothes” and in “bikinni” is by no means granted and can cause your western folks to admire us, while a woman’s right to cover her body, by her own WILL, is considered “an evil intention” to disappear women? I don’t think you represent most Egyptians, but only “westernized” Egyptians, who probably represent 15-20% of the Egyptian women. What you believe as considered “Islam” is a western flavored Islam that pleases people in the part of the world were you live and work, but it is a fact that when women wear loose clothes and cover their hair, men don’t pay so much attention watching them walking around and there is nothing wrong with “women” enjoying wearing hijaab. Just because you did not “enjoy” it does not mean all other women are waiting for your to free them.
July 22nd, 2010, 11:28 pm
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