Publication Details

Posetti, J. N. (2010). Jihad sheilas or media martyrs: Muslim women and the media. In H. Rane, J. Ewart and M. Abdalla (Eds.), Islam and the Australian News Media (pp. 69-103). Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press.

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ISBN: 9780522856408


Muslim women are both highly visible members of one of the most marginalised groups in Western society and the most vulnerable to vilification and media stereotyping, suffering the 'triple-whammy' effect of sexism, racism and religious bigotry. Ubiquitously portrayed as veiled, they are concurrently represented as oppressed and radical non-conformists, as threatened and threatening, as passive sexslaves and exotic, erotic beings. Symbolised generically by the distinctive religious clothing some choose to wear, Muslim women of all cultures have become the most recognisable, visible targets of racism on the streets, yet at the same time they are almost invisible and voiceless in news coverage.