As a Muslim woman, a space to share my story and talk about my feminism is scarce and (therefore) precious. I was reminded how important these spaces are to me as I attended the launch of theBody Narrativesexhibition,A Different Mirror. A discussion with some of the organisers inspired this column.
The disparity between what my feminism is and the media perception of Muslim women is vast. My feminism is empowering and enabling; it provides a structural analysis of the impact of patriarchy; it is at the intersection of being a Muslim cisgender woman of colour with complex mental health needs. However, given the dominant media portrayal of what Muslim women supposedly are, and what are preconceptions must therefore be, it is no wonder some people see being Muslim and a feminist a coupling too unlikely to be believable.