after a whirlwind of twitter conversations I feel I am obligated to put my two cents in on the topic of Pakistan's new 'empowered' female superhero: The Burqa Avenger. Yep, you heard me...we are now officially using the face covering niqab as propaganda for female empowerment. And apparently its not even the fundamentalists that created this wonderful body of work. It was made by a Pakistani pop-star... who is apparently pretty open minded and not a supporter of niqab at all. Just imagine what a more conservative member of our society would have made... sigh..
|This is why I love twitter, it really elevates the conversation, gets a bunch of perspectives in.|
Look, I'm all for Pakistanis taking the reign on their creativity, shaping it, moulding it and re-imagining popular culture to make it our own. That would be awesome. There are some incredible artists in Pakistan that the world needs to know about.
I get that we want to make it our own and give it a 'local feel' (as Haroon Rashid mentioned in one online article);
We could've left it there... but noooo.... The niqab is where its at. An 'empowered niqabi' is a fucking oxymoron, don't kid yourselves.
|I think I see a little ankle there... woah!|
|yep, she looks like she's at par with her man. Not. She looks like a bag of potatoes. That can NOT be comfortable. And what is the point of this picture?|
Supposedly, burqa's are not even Islamic. They are not mentioned as a requirement anywhere as far as my limited knowledge goes.... why do you think its done then? To control women and their bodies. No self-respecting person would want to walk around in insane heat with limited air flow and skewed vision. No one would choose that for themselves.
Fighting taliban doesn't exactly make her neutral and non-extremist...maybe just 'less' extremist.
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Oh also, if she's really hardcore, and wants to follow shariah... then she can't really leave her place without a male relative... so umm.... maybe her son, father or brother could escort her while she's jumping around trying to fight evil? Cuz there isn't anything more empowering for a woman than a male chaperone.
|burqas and nailpolish are not compatible, we all know that. The few times my mom managed to convince me to go to a mosque as a teen I got told off for my nails. You supposedly can't pray with nailpolish on.|
|Seem ridiculous? Yeah thats how ridiculous it is to bring religion into superheroes. (Wudhu is the cleansing ablution ritual that happens pre-prayer. You break the seal of cleanliness if you fart, and will have to repeat wudhu before next prayer).|