Of Trojan Horses and Terrorist Representations: Mom Bombs, Cross-Dressing Terrorists, and Queer Orientalisms

Authors

  • Shoshana Magnet Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa
  • Corinne Lysandra Mason University of Ottawa, Institute of Women's Studies

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2014v39n2a2712

Keywords:

Media/Mass media, Feminist/Gender, Critical theory, Queer theory, Terrorism, Feminist media studies, Pregnant terrorists, Mom bombs

Abstract

This article employs anti-racist feminist theory to respond to a document published by the Department of Homeland Security United States in 2008. This document communicated the threatening possibility that women would use burqas or pregnancy prosthetics to hide bombs. Focusing on this report, the authors explore how the bodies of Muslim women have become spectacular in the post-9/11 period. Working at the intersections of gender, modernity, and visibility, they demonstrate that representations of Muslim women as threats is a new Orientalist discourse that justifies aggressive interventions against Muslim women, including new technologies such as backscatter X-rays.

Cet article s’appuie sur la théorie féministe antiraciste pour répondre à un document publié par le département de la sécurité intérieure des États-Unis en 2008. Le document avait comme but d’avertir le public de la possibilité que certaines femmes utiliseraient les burqas ou les prothèses de grossesse pour cacher des bombes. À partir de ce document, nous explorons la façon dont les corps des femmes musulmanes sont devenus spectaculaires dans les discours après 9/11. En visant la relation entre le genre, la modernité, et la visibilité, nous démontrons que les représentations des corps des femmes musulmanes constituent un nouveau discours orientaliste qui vient justifier les interventions agressives contre les femmes musulmanes, telles les technologies de rétrodiffusion de rayons.

Author Biographies

Shoshana Magnet, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa

Assistant Professor

Corinne Lysandra Mason, University of Ottawa, Institute of Women's Studies

I am a PhD Candidate in the Institute of Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa. 

 

Published

2014-05-25