Life as a Label

It appears that the media has become less and less about news and information, and more about opinion and perspective. As white women in her mid-twenties, I have experienced a variety of generalizations even when I did not realize I was being generalized.

In the media, we see hate and abuse in every category of demographic. Women are often seen as sensitive, unexperienced, and victim-like. I have been there. I have been spoken to, treated as if, and grouped with those that I had nothing in common.

I came to the United States as an islamic refugee, knew zero English, was always of smaller, frail build, and went on to become a U.S. Marine. To me, I always felt like being a minority in those ways was a part of me. It was not until I became older did I realize I was going to be judged on not only what I was, but what others thought I was, too.

The media has put a spotlight on women the last decade in particular, but due to personal association, I have noticed the spotlight more specifically on islamic women. I have witnessed the way these women have been badgered with questions and unsought attention over the years.

Megha, from Cut Copy Write, wrote the excerpt below on the misrepresentation of Muslim women in advertising today.

Source: Megha. (2021, June). 
Representation Of Muslim Women In Ads Of The World. 
Medium. https://medium.com/cut-copy-write/representation-of-muslim-women-in-ads-of-the-world-cc4c850575fd

Like too many things in our world, inclusivity itself has become a fad. It is not to say that there is not greater good coming from the wave of accepting all humans as human, but, the effort feels forced. As Megha described, what is happening is big-name brands are using models to appear as representations of Muslim women wearing their products. If one understood the values of such a faith, they would better understand the reasons that the aesthetic-appeal is not accepted.

Source: StarePost.com / https://starecat.com/memes/islam/page/4/

The created photo above makes a mockery of covered islamic women and suggests that they are oppressed.

Source: Burka Meme. Pinterest - MemesBoy.com
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/592364157227239539/

Another example of the expression of faith by islamic women being used as mass humor. This is yet another visual of the ways that these stereotypes, generalizations, norms in society are extremely damaging to those directly affected by the content.

These creators of this content are taking little to no time to consider the perspective of the women they are offending, including myself. I do not see the way someone could benefit from this, other than raising awareness against stereotypical agendas in the media.

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