Well, the documentary itself seems like it'll be either painfully embarrassing or outrageously amusing to watch. Everyone who knows Princess Farhana, knows she does both burlesque and bellydance, but if Joe Public watches this movie, I think he's likely to get the two entertainments mixed up.I am not sure what your comment is. Good or bad?
Well, what we hear in the commentary is bellydance...bellydance...bellydance and there she is, removing her underwear and presenting her backside to the camera in a porn pose - what would the casual observer make of that?I am not sure what your comment is. Good or bad?
But your wearing hijab didn't hurt anyone else, damage their reputation, send misconceptions about other's careers... Not quite the same...
I can understand where you are coming from. Over here in Europe (I don't know what it is like in the USA), the headscarf issue seems to sometimes be used to embody a whole anti-Islam discourse. So yes it could be seen to damage the reputation of a whole faith.Actually, your assertion isn’t entirely correct.
There are many (MANY) Muslims who are embarrassed by practices that are not completely accepted by Western culture and/or non-Islamic societies. When I wore my scarf, certain people accused me of setting Islam and Muslims backwards. In their eyes, I was sending misconceptions about Islam and hurting it’s reputation. They had spent so much time and effort to tell people that Islam doesn’t require women to wear headgear, and that it was an old and outdated practice etc. and here I was: a walking contradiction to their statements.
So as I said before, I have no right to talk about Princess Farhana. I’ve done what she’s doing. It's not the exact same thing, but it's very similar. Some of the exact same phrases and attitudes used towards me have been used towards Princess F. in the dance community.
Midoria, I find the whole headscarf thing very interesting. Could you recommend any books that give a balanced discussion of it? I have struggled to find anything that isn't totally onesided.
Me, too. She's straight forward and honest about her duel identity. Compared to what one can view on TV any time of day or night, burlesque is simply funny. The first definition of the word burlesque in Webster's is "ludicrous representation," and I appreciate Farhana's presentation of the joke.I think Princess Farhana is cool! Do your thing girl!!!