The western media chooses to hide the Female community in the Muslim world under biased stories of repression and humility. A deeper look represents alternative view to the females in the Middle East.
“Why women are fatter than men in the Arab world”; This was the subject of a paper released late in July in a renowned journal in Great Britain. This flagrantly misogynistic and racist title is representative of a wider epidemic of attention being paid to the physical characteristics of Arab females in Western mainstream media and the populist communities.
The essay lacked a summary, and there is no idea if the writer has ever traveled to the Arab countries. As such, there is no idea about author’s familiarity with Iraq and Egypt, the two nations the article portrays.
It is true according to science that women throughout the world are physically predisposed to having more fat levels than males. The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that female groups in the US are about twice as likely as males to experience serious obesity.
However, there aren’t a ton of publications written regarding the reasons why American women are so obese. They avoid making broad generalizations about Western society such as the obsession with fast food, as a result.
The article’s conclusion that headscarves and clothing that covers the female physique make public exercising difficult was further disappointing. One may think about how discouraged this would leave young hijab-clad athletes may feel.
Hijab-clad Olympic medalists would likely object strongly to any conclusions made on their behalf by this author. By the way, the gymnastics athletes of Germany were applauded for boycotting to compete in Tokyo 2020 games in bikini-cut leotards. The team believed that the policy was guided by the sexualization of their game.
Arab Female World; Reality vs. Virtual
The article also perpetuates preconceptions about women choosing to stay at home rather than work. These generalizations discredit the pioneering efforts of female role models around the area, such Iraqi Thikra Alwach. Alwach became the first female mayor of a Middle Eastern capital city—an achievement that has not yet been realized in the British capital.
Arab women’s accomplishments are hidden by the attention placed on beauty in dominant Western culture. They either do this through the relentless campaign in France to outlaw the hijab or by the over-sexualization of them community in the public.
In the year 859 AD, it was an Arab lady named Fatima al-Fihri who established the first university in history. Zaha Hadid, an architect, made her imprint on the industry more recently. The western media deliberately ignore such stories.
This issue has been exacerbated by movies and television shows. Only 24% of Muslim personalities in Hollywood are females, according to a research by the University of Southern California Annenberg. They are typically shown as weak, repressed, or with apparent exotic beauty.
Enas Taleb, an artist with” ample curves” from Iraq, is cited in the article as the “standard of beauty” that many people in the region purportedly desire. Surely Taleb’s success isn’t just attributable to the exploitation of her “ample curves,” but also to the personality she emits on screen.
Instead, one can draw attention to events like the recent ascent of K2 by Nelly Attar, as the first Arab female. Ons Jabeur’s journey to become the first Arab woman to compete in a Grand Slam final game at Wimbledon in July will likewise be a fair narration. We could be reminded of the preconceptions that Western mass media perpetuates by dwelling over these sort of stories.