5:48 pm - 01/17/2013

'Zero Dark Thirty makes me hate muslims'

The fil Zero Dark Thirty s now showing in theaters nationwide and reactions are starting to appear on social networks. Here are some collected on the tumblr site dapsandhugs:

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While the film has obviously found its supporters, backlash against i continues to grow. Yesterday, director Kathryn Bigelow defended her film from charges it promotes torture in an Op-Ed for th Los Angeles Times Bigelow claimed artistic license writing, "those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement." While this is obviously true, the film goes further than depiction. As Deepa Kumar wrote he film promotes extra judicial killing and the drone warfare that has become the hallmark of the Obama administration's "war on terror."

More disgusting tweets at Source 1, I don't have anything else to say.

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zurbraran 18th-Jan-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
It's a silly argument for Western feminists to make since nobody in any society really freely "chooses their own path" - we're all basically products of our social/familial/cultural conditioning and our choices reflect that - Western feminists are no less "programmed" than anyone else.

However, I think it's perfectly acceptable for Westerners or anyone else to be critical of any state that legally requires women to wear (or not wear) such garments, and/or does not punish those who use harassment, or worse, to try to intimidate women into following a particular dress cose. That is definitely oppression, as it necessarily forces those women who do not agree with such laws or cultural attitudes to abide by them.
bodea 18th-Jan-2013 02:00 am (UTC)
I agree with this. Every society has a set of ideals that they push on the people, especially women, in some way, including the US. While I think people have the right to be critical, you should be careful that you aren't viewing things in the same way as those you are criticizing. Otherwise, your criticism is no longer constructive. It's just one more person trying to force their opinions on someone else. And this isn't specifically about your post, but some of the ones preceding it.
lovefifteen 18th-Jan-2013 06:27 am (UTC)
IA totally with both your points. To act like Western women aren't "programmed" to conform to patriarchal standards is truly ridiculous; societies universally shape individual choices and beliefs and people need to stop acting like the Middle East/Muslim world is some barbaric place that is so far removed from our own circumstances.
milkradio 18th-Jan-2013 07:44 am (UTC)
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