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Bag’s Take-Away:Is the temptation to wear the Middle East democracy movement on one’s body getting out of hand? (I say that tongue-in-cheek, of course, although this example, following hundreds on the newswire, seems to up the ante. Anyway, isn’t it Flag Day?)
(photo: Anees Mahyoub/AP caption: Female anti-government protestors, display their hands during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Taiz, Yemen, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. A senior Yemeni official in the Saudi capital says President Ali Abdullah Saleh has developed a problem with his throat but that his overall condition is stable. Markings in Arabic read on the demonstrators hands, ” The revolution youths”. (AP Photo/Anees Mahyoub)
Arab Spring meets Fashion Week? I’ve been seeing this pic all over the news galleries and it’s rubbing me the wrong way. Call it the latest attempt by Western media to resist the uniform-ity of the burka.
(photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP caption: Female anti-government protestors attend a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are pressing their demand for the country’s longtime ruler to step down. Wednesday’s crowds in the capital Sanaa and elsewhere are also denouncing a deadly munitions factory blast that killed at least 100 people in the country’s south.
What’s so powerful about Mid East pics of children painted and wrapped in flags? Besides future generations physically owning the movement, this photo (to Western eyes): transforms the otherwise shrouded/anonymous Islamic woman into a freedom fighter and, even more, it literally flips the Western stereotype of the terrorist on its head.
Sana’a. March 26. [Photo: Associated Press]