Social media recap: January 13 – 19!

Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is January 13 – 19.

Huffington post
“Shattering stereotypes”, as the Huffington Post journalist puts it. 12 young women photographers from the Middle East shake the contemporary photo art scene with this exhibition traveling currently the United States. “Arab women are not universally oppressed, subjugated, or depressed”, says Lalla Essaydi, one of the exhibiting artists. “Their lives are no more to be defined by stereotypes than anyone else’s.” See the photographs here.

Patheos | The Independent
Last week, the study by the University of Michigan that focused on the question “how people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public”. It sparked immediately responses that strongly critized the viewpoint of the study, but also pictures in social media that made fun of the whole setting and portayed e.g. American women in ridiculous outfits. How Muslim women dress is an ongoing public obsession, comments nickname shireen on Muslimah Media Watch. She writes sarcastically that “white, non-Muslim men really have this all figured out” and gives examples on where the discussion goes too far. What did you think about the study and the comments that followed? Why is it that this continues to be an issue that sparks so much controversy? Read more here and a response by Bina Shah here.

New trailer
The Oscar nominees have been announced. Among the selected films in the foreign language category was Omar, shot in Israel and Palestine.“Omar tells the story of a baker of the same name who is arrested and beaten by Israeli intelligence agents after three young Palestinians decide to kill an Israeli soldier. He is forced to work as a double agent for Israeli intelligence, and the film follows the difficult choices he makes and the cat-and-mouse game he plays with Israeli authorities.” writes the Haaretz.

Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University
“While there was a strong consensus among respondents that they have far more
editorial freedom than journalists working inside Iran, a majority also said they do not feel completely free to report on Iran-related topics without fearing for their own safety or that of their families.” Do you feel like gaining better insight into journalism in Iran? Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University has an ongoing “Iran Media Project” – so check it out!

The Jordan Times
In Jordan, a new law was passed recently, granting full civil rights to husbands and children of Jordanian women married to non-Jordanians. The numbers of the Interior Ministry reveal that this law is a breakthrough for almost 85000 marriages and 338000 children in total. What are the changes for them? Read more on the Jordan Times.

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