Irony is the genre of the oppressed.
“Muslim women shouldn’t be required to act superhuman to avoid being seen as weak.” -Sidrah Ahmad-Chan
I recently read this article about how exhausting it is for visibly Muslim women to constantly feel the need to take part in “image management.” If we’re not calling out oppression, then we must actively be playing up our empowerment. UGH. I find myself doing it ALL the time. Constantly trying to prove that I’m not weak and helpless. I’m so tried y’all.
The purpose of my comics was always to dispel the idea that Muslims are a monolith. We are nuanced! We are complex! We hate the limited narrative that a Muslim women is either oppressed or empowered. We. Just. Want. To. Exist.
In conclusion: read the article. It’s good.