mosque / mask

Islamic women in the media are affected heavily by their dual intersectionality: they are underrepresented because they are women, and they are misrepresented because they are Muslim. The media primarily fixates on their outer garb, which is usually a reduced to a black cloak permitting only a small opening for a face. In many instances, only the eyes are visible, enforcing their portrayed voicelessness. Veiled and victimized, they have become simplified background noise to support their already over-stereotyped male counterpart; a mass and crowd of objects lacking individuality. Because of previously cemented notions of racism and sexism, many would be surprised to know some women dress in a burka by choice rather than force. This does not negate the ongoing oppression of these countries but to peer into the circled window of diversity and complexity rarely seen. These women become submissive props, disintegrating into the background as the "other" rather than highlighting the real accomplishments and lives underneath.