Chadors, Feminists, Terror

Sylvia Chan-Malik

in Being Muslim

Published by NYU Press

Published in print June 2018 | ISBN: 9781479850600
Published online January 2019 | e-ISBN: 9781479881550
Chadors, Feminists, Terror

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Chapter Four examines American media coverage of the Iranian women’s revolution in March 1979. The chapter looks at how the major American television networks and print news media described Iranian Muslim women, covered U.S. feminist Kate Millett’s trip to Iran, and depicted the treatment of Iranian women in the feminist press. Crucial to its analysis is how post-civil rights era racial logics and the mainstreaming of second-wave feminist logics contributed to the construction of contemporary American discourse of the veil, the term used by Leila Ahmed and others to describe the Western fetishization of the Islamic headscarf as a symbol of women’s oppression.

Keywords: Iran; Revolution Television News; Kate Millett; Second-wave; Feminism; veil

Chapter.  11917 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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