(RNS) Indonesian fashion designer Jenahara aims to give Muslim women clothing options that are both modest and stylish. Photo by Kevin Eckstrom.

Travelblog: Hipster hijabs

JAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) For many people, the hijab is a kind of Rorschach test — we use it, unconsciously or not, as a barometer about our feelings on Muslims or Islam.

A photograph from the exhibit “She Who Tells a Story” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass. Photograph , gelatin silver print with India ink *Copyright Shirin Neshat, *Charles Bain Hoyt Fund and Francis Welch Fund *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Women photographers shatter Middle Eastern stereotypes

BOSTON (RNS) “She Who Tells a Story,” a photo exhibit now showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, features the work of 12 women from Muslim countries who shatter stereotypes with works that are provocative, beautiful, mysterious, and surprising, all at the same time.

Lady Gaga wearing some pink nightmare of a Burqa

Lady Gaga’s Burqa: appropriation ≠ liberation

Gaga’s appropriation of Burqa is not women’s emancipation. Appropriation is not liberation. No, this is nothing short of taking the projected image of an “other” (Burqa-wearing women), pretending to free them from prison of otherness and plunging them into an abyss of anonymous hypersexualization.