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Monday, November 27, 2006

Marie Claire's Mecca Stars

I stopped buying women's fashion magazines years ago when I got fed up of looking at photo after photo of anorexic fifteen year olds wearing $700 flip-flops, along with repetitive articles exulting women's superiority, victimhood, dieting and plastic surgery. To say that there was nothing I could possibly find interesting would be to greatly understate it.

By doing so, I missed the latest trends in women's fashion publishing. One, the sex-manual mags (like Cosmo, which now has text and illustrations) I wrote about last August. The December issue of Marie Claire has a naked woman on the cover but at least didn't go into that trend.

Now here's the latest trend: Marie Claire's Mecca Stars, a.k.a. the glamorization of Islam's submission of women.

Debbie Schlussel has all the photos from the spread, and comments,
By the way, the photos were shot in Dubai, home of the new anti-Jew apartheid. No Israeli passports or passport stamps allowed (unless you're a Muslim, then it's okay). Not a peep from the libs that run Marie Claire.
Or from the rest of the press. This particular issue of MC got a lot of publicity for publishing a photoshop of Elizabeth Vargas's face on a woman breast-feeding a baby for an article titled "The Mother Of All Tough Choices". Because not mentioning Dubai's anti-Jew laws is not a tough choice; it comes naturally to Marie Claire's editors.

The print on the photo reads
MECCA STARS
Where else can you get your sheik on with the hot new accessories but in the desert wonderland of Dubai?
The "desert wonderland of Dubai" they talk about is "Dubai and its shopping", which is fully itemized on page 139. Apparently there are only 45 malls in Dubai, so I'll stay in New Jersey, thank you. And keep the sheik off me, please.

The model in the above photo wears a "Silver mask, price upon request, from Victor and Rolf"

Considering how Islam tells men to beat their wives into submission, it's hardly surprising that the first page of the spread highlights an S&M item.

The rest of the photos feature several extremely thin young women (a polygamist's wives?) wearing a lot of make-up, huge sunglasses and expensive accessories, not unlike the first woman I saw wearing the veil at Harrods almost thirty years ago. Unlike the woman I saw at Harrods, their black clothes are from-fitting. On one page they even wear Chanel jackets on top of them, which had me wondering what the Saudi religious police would do, considering that they would have school girls burn to death rather than allow them to leave a burning building unveiled.

The photo spread shows the glamour of eating a burger under your veil at McDonald's. Irony? Humor? Of just good ole cluelessness on Marie Claire's part?

According to this site, the purpose of the veil is protection. While some decadent Westeners think of condoms when someone mentions protection,
This is the whole point, modesty is prescribed to protect women from molestation or simply, modesty is protection. Thus, the only purpose of the veil in Islam is protection.
Some of us decadent Western women, however, prefer to protect ourselves with firearms. Never mind that the mark of a civilized society is men's self-control.

On page 143, one of the "stars" is shown behind the wheel: To the Arabs, Women Driving Cars Is a Sinful Thing. The babe in the photo must be daydreaming, much like a little kid who sneaks behind the wheel of his dad's car wishing he could actually drive it.

But not to worry, she's wearing $67,645 worth of jewelry. Like the woman I saw at Harrods, who bought herself a complete set of Vuitton luggage, in all her luxury the model is
simply a cipher, to be held as a nonentity, hidden under a mass of black cloth, unseen, never to be trusted, allowed to talk to no one other than a man that will speak for them
Marie Claire has shown its true colors. What's even more shameful is that the MSM carried on about the Vargas photoshop and ignored the Mecca Stars.

Update Is Jack Straw right about banning hijab?

Follow-up post: The Veil Controversy.

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18 Comments:

At 2:23 PM, Blogger seejanemom said...

Do you think I can pick up one of those masks at the Dearborne Wal-Mart?

 
At 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interestingly one of the photos is of a woman behind silver prison bars. I linked to your article from Not Just the Veil - New Islamic Fashions

 
At 6:24 PM, Blogger Vamos Payaso Vamos Aimar Vamos Argentina said...

anti jew apartheid? when muslims aren't being persecuted throughout the world due to jewish aggression via media/infiltration of governments and want of world domination then you can complain about why dubai is closed off to you - your just pist cause you want in on some of the money thats getting RACKED up there - btw, the girls are drop dead gorgeous and there not jewish, now doesnt that piss you off???? that men slobber over muslim girls???? hahahaha

 
At 6:57 AM, Blogger Bissa said...

Isn't americans supposedly support 'freedom' of speech or whatever. Then why the hell are you attacking the damn girls. Because she chose to cover her damn hair? Or because she's rich?
How about attacking all those 60's actresses who covered their hair with a scarf ? Or ban J.Lo's pictures; I saw couple of pictures of her covering her hair?
And How about putting all the rich people who own LV luggauge and wear 10,000 accesories in a hole and burn them all down? I bet you'd LOVE to do that.
(I'm being sarcastic; Therefore I do not support violence)
And yes, there are islamic exteremist who believe marrying more than one wife is RIGHT. THUS, they are the minority. On the other hand, There are jewish extermist too who I don't believe there's a need to explain things they've done. I believe in freedom of religion and speech; as long as you do no harm.

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger maryam said...

OH! you are way brainwashed by media in USA si let me tell you this >> Arab women "DO DRIVE" & they drive the best cars that you DAYDREAM driving. But ONLY KSA is an exceptional case from all other Arab worlds.

After all the jewish wars - either the media or the real one- MUSLIMS still respect the religion of those jewish even if they hated the jewish ppl. And dont be pissed off by the money issue coz u believe in God and his will to give whoever he chooses :)

 
At 7:47 AM, Blogger Bliss said...

get an education.. arab women are allowed to drive and Islam says nothing about beating your wife into submission.. This is coming from a muslim that drives wherever the hell she wants to in an Arab country..

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

Go tell it to the Wikipedia and to Human Rights Watch, too.

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger namia said...

Wife beating anytime and for any reason is never allowed in Islam, The Arabic word used in Noble Verse 4:34 above is "idribuhunna", which is derived from "daraba" which means "beat". The thing with all of the Arabic words that are derived from the word "daraba" is that they don't necessarily mean "hit". The word "idribuhunna" for instance, could very well mean to "leave" them. It is exactly like telling someone to "beat it" or "drop it" in English.

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

Namia,
Tell that to Dr Ahmad al-Tayyeb, president of Al-Azhar University and former mufti of Egypt

 
At 7:21 PM, Blogger Noora said...

oh lookie lets watch the westerner throw a fit when for once arab women are glamorized. not only can they drive but those pictures do more accurately depict what arab women look like these days. so why don't you stop comparing them to the random women you stared at at Harrods 30 years ago and I won't compare you and your country folk to the random hick who waged war in vietnam 30 years ago, or hey the random hick who declared war in Iraq 3 years ago.

KHALEEJI AND PROUD.

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger perfect-girl-2 said...

First, I am proud that I am a Muslim, Arab, and also Saudi , however, prevent that there be a difference in thinking by the difference of religion but more importantly it clear that there is a mockery and ridicule the other party and the faith that religion remains from God which all religions worship God in our decency and I think that the reason calls ironic because the hijab Lester and maintenance for women, women like a diamond precious can see her only who is allow for that at that point again the theme of violence and beatings of women in Islam is not true and from unknown to Islam Does it talk about themselves and good As for the car driving in Saudi Arabia is not because of religion, but for reasons other special state .. This need not because we live in the best and we have everything we want
and for having more than 1 wife in Islam is optional and not mandatory and has several conditions
in the end hijab is the pride of the Muslim girl, even if it is a mockery of other religions

 
At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck this post and fuck americans

 
At 2:50 AM, Blogger Alixianna said...

Anonymous, if you are Muslim shame on you for your ignorance---is that how the Prophet Mohammed would conduct himself in disagreement? Astifuriallah! Q.49:13 "O Men, We created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may KNOW one another (NOT THAT YOU MAY DESPISE EACH OTHER)." May your brow be covered with dust from prayer, and may you apoligze to Fausta; she doesn't know your point and cannot make one out of obscenities and insults.

Fausta, insha'Allah I hope you reply to this. I am a Muslim woman (I hope that doesn't make me mindless also) and I invite you to check out all my blog if you have the time---I have read all of yours before making my post. I want inform you that a Saudi man cannot get a visa to Israel so I believe it is fair a Jewish man cannot get one to the UAE. This is not in Islam, or in the Torah, but politics in government. Ideally, in Islam, we should make no differences between borders, races, and tribes, and I wish all men would follow their religions, because then we would not have names, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, we would all be of the faith of Abraham.

I became a Muslim because Islam elevates the status of women. The Qur’an is the only religious book, on the face of this earth, that contains the phrase ‘marry only one’. There is no other religious book that instructs men to have only one wife. In none of the other religious scriptures,whether it be the Vedas, the Ramayan, the Mahabharat, the Geeta, the Talmud or the Bible does one find a restriction on the number of wives. According to these can marry as many as one wishes. It was only later, that the Hindu priests and the Christian Church restricted the number of wives to one. Many Hindu religious personalities, according to their scriptures, had multiple wives. King Dashrat, the father of Rama, had more than one wife. Krishna had
several wives. In earlier times, Christian men were permitted as many wives as they wished, since the Bible puts no restriction on the number of wives. It was only a few centuries ago that the Church restricted the number of wives to one. Polygyny is permitted in Judaism. According to Talmudic law, Abraham had three wives, and Solomon had hundreds of wives. The practice of polygyny continued till Rabbi Gershom ben Yehudah (960 C.E to 1030 C.E) issued an
edict against it. The Jewish Sephardic communities living in Muslim countries continued the practice till as late as 1950, until an Act of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel extended the ban on marrying more than one wife.As I mentioned earlier, Qur’an is the only religious book on the face of the earth
that says ‘marry only one’. The context of this phrase is the following verse from
Surah Nisa of the Glorious Qur’an:
“Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if ye fear that
ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one.”
[Al-Qur’an 4:3]
Before the Qur’an was revealed, there was no upper limit for polygyny and
many men had scores of wives, some even hundreds. Islam put an upper limit
of four wives. Islam gives a man permission to marry two, three or four women,
only on the condition that he deals justly with them.
In the same chapter i.e. Surah Nisa verse 129 says:
“Ye are never able to be fair and just as between women....”
[Al-Qur’an 4:129]
Therefore polygyny is not a rule but an exception. Many people are under the
misconception that it is compulsory for a Muslim man to have more than one wife. The excpetion is made when a woman is divorced, is an orphaned without family (many new Muslim women face this one), or if there are WAY more women than men due to something like a war in a population, such as at the time of our Prophet SAW. This ensures all women are cared for. Arab and Pakistani men have to get off their ignorant high horses (which Islam came to reform and stop barbaric practices of burying baby girls, and divorcing women on a whim) and marry for Islamic reasons if they are to take more than one wife (not to compete with eachother to see just how many children they can have!!!!). As we Muslim women like to say: the Muslim man who marries three wives to provide for them when others would have them kept in shame and hunger, is better than the one that worries about his beard length and the conditions of a woman's dress. You are taking the bad Arabian and Middle Eastern culture and are making it Islam. It is not.
I enjoyed the Marie Claire spread but the tight abayas was not Islamic as you pointed out (I believe this was the fashion editors at work). Wearing Chanel coats over top of them is. Women do this even in KSA (the Kingdon of Saudi Arabia). Keep on repoting about human rights abuses though. We women all over the world need to stand together and stop the cases of them, ignorance, lack or education, and poverty. I want to be able to vote in Saudi (it is a young country though, please remember---a hundred years ago American women couldn't vote either) and I want non-Saudi women married to Saudi men to have the same rights as Saudi women like they would were they married to American men. But Arab women drive everyhwere but the KSA. In Oman, I drove. In Dubai I'm scared to drive cuz the drivers are so bad, by my cab driver IS a woman.

about muslims hating jews: http://beautifulmuslimah.blogspot.com/2008/04/they-are-not-all-alike.html and http://beautifulmuslimah.blogspot.com/2008/04/truth-about-muslims-hating-jews-and.html (I wrote these posts mainly for Muslims because they forget the basis of their own Islamic history)

why fashion police are unislamic:
http://beautifulmuslimah.blogspot.com/2008/03/my-persian-hairdresser-hijab-horror.html

my right to wear hijab:
http://beautifulmuslimah.blogspot.com/2008/01/am-i-savage.html


http://beautifulmuslimah.blogspot.com/

I hope you post this comment, and I apologize for taking up so much room!

Love ya for the sake of Allah,
As salaam alaykom (may the peace of God be upon you)

Alixianna

 
At 2:56 AM, Blogger Alixianna said...

And about some Islamic scholars: the joy of Islam is we have only one book, and while there are a huge variety of sheiks (some I disagree with-even the one at my own Masjic occasionally) Islam has no church. You practice what is right in your heart and soul. Men from every relgion like the use a verse here, an ayah there, to suppress a woman, bt if a woman is educated, she won't let be Adam's crooked rib stop her from being anything she wants to be.

 
At 2:57 AM, Blogger Alixianna said...

Sorry for my typos. My keyboard has seen better days. off for prayer.

 
At 9:38 PM, Blogger Angela said...

I am a Muslim convert. I am a western girl (Australian of Irish background). There is NO WAY i would convert to a religion that allows and teaches husbands to beat their wives after living in the "freedom" of the western world. My husband treats me like a queen, with so much love and respect, so much more than any western man i had previously dated before converting had. THIS IS BECAUSE OF WHAT ISLAM TEACHES. As for women in Arab nations not being allowed to drive: HOW MANY ARAB NATIONS HAVE YOU VISITED????? I can tell you now that no arab nation nor Islam prevents women from driving. the exception being of course Saudi Arabia, which is purely governmental and not ISLAMIC at all. Obviously you have never visited an Arab nation before, nor do you know any Arab women or practicing Muslims. Get your facts straight before you report on this crap. If you want to write an authentic blog about arab women or muslim women then how about actually asking an arab / muslim woman about her life? NONE of them will say that they are prevented from driving or that their husbands are TAUGHT to beat up their wives. Dont give us and the rest of the world your "decadent western women" crap. I am a western woman and a muslim woman BY CHOICE and i have never had to protect myself with a firearm. I get so angry reading that the "mark of a civilized society is men's self-control". The amount of disgusting rapes, murders and molestations occuring in the western world is ALMOST unheard of in the Islamc world. But you are right about women's submission is Islam. WE DO SUBMIT!!! BUT ONLY TO ALLAH, just as Muslim men submit to ALLAH. I say GOOD on you MARIE CLAIRE for the exposure!!! For once Muslim women are portrayed in the Media in a non-negative way. There is no need for Marie Claire to comment on any political issue for the fashion shoot. I would rather be a Jew not allowed into Dubai than a Palestinian, HOMELESS, PERSECUTED or MURDERED in Israel. ALSO: as a western it is so shameful that as a society we do infact think of condoms as protection. And this is NOT coming from an elderly woman, brain-washed by some Islamic fanatic, beaten by her husband into submission. I am 23, free-thinking, independent, from a Western background, MUSLIM who is highly educated (with a university degree). I DRIVE!!! I HAVE BEEN TO ARAB NATIONS!!! I KNOW ARAB WOMEN!!! I KNOW PRACTICING MUSLIMS!!! I DONT CARRY GUNS / FIREARMS FOR PROTECTION!!! AND I DONT THINK IMMEDIATELY OF CONDOMS WHEN I HEAR THE WORD PROTECTION!!!

 
At 10:08 PM, Blogger Angela said...

"But not to worry, she's wearing $67,645 worth of jewelry":

American rappers ---- BLING ...need i say more?

who cares anyway...she is wearing expensive jewellry. WOW. All women love jewellry. If that makes you annoyed in some way, then you must nearly explode on Oscars night.

"The rest of the photos feature several extremely thin young women" -- once again: OSCARS NIGHT.

But unfortunately this is a regular aspect of the majority of fashion shoots in the media around the world.

"The photo spread shows the glamour of eating a burger under your veil at McDonald's. Irony? Humor? Of just good ole cluelessness on Marie Claire's part?"

Not irony and not humour and not cluelessness!!! this is a REAl depiction. Women who wear niqab (face veil) have to eat in public too!!! just because she chose to cover doesnt mean she should have her social behaviour restricted. i wear hijab (head covering)...some people think it strange when they see me fully covered swimming in public. If someone photographs or depicts this with good intentions then they are not trying to be ironic, funny or clueless. They are trying to SHARE SOMETHING REAL

 
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