First Muslim Women superhero brings to light the controversy surrounding superhero

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    Pakistan: The Veiled Superhero on a Mission to Save Girls' Education

    She's joining the likes of Wonder Woman and Supergirl in the world of female superheroes - but this chick with kicks is different. The 'Burka Avenger' is a mild-mannered teacher with secret martial arts skills to protect girls' education - and she's about to hit television screens in Pakistan.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/video/burka-avenger-the-latest-superhero-XNDxx1ZZQxq1r9eLNz4mFA.html

    The story has just been run by the Associated Press about an animated TV series featuring a superhero who dresses up in a veil to hide her identity and proves that the even with a veil women can do anything. This will be sure to bring back in the limelight the controversy surrounding the veil and how many in the west demand freedom to walk around nude but favour laws against the veil.
     
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    Good for them. Malala's story may have been an inspiration. I hope the show does some good to change the minds of their next generation.
     
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    Interestingly, the first episode is focused on girls education and is very reminiscent of the Malala incident even though it was completed months before the Malala event occurred.
     
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    Troianii Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Yes, a pakistani superhero fighting against those trying to keep women out of school will certainly, first and foremost, bring attention to the "veil" (burqa).
     
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    Of course. The superhero wears the veil so first and foremost the thing people will notice is the veil and see it in a positive or negative light as per their perceptions. Btw, the show focuses on more than just women's education and touches on a broad range of social issues.
     
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    I think they had tried to kill her earlier, they have been attacking school girls for awhile even before Malala.


    Education is the key there. Once that is accomplished, everything else falls into place. We don't have problems with educated countries, we have allies. All our enemies are fortunately dumb as rocks these days.
     
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    I was hoping for something hot.

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    But... I guess that too is not a good message for young Pakistani girls. :smile:
     
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    Different cultures. But anyway, what would you gain by looking at the legs on a cartoon? I prefer to see actual ones. ;)
     
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    Yes, and Superman wears red boots, so first and foremost people will notice he wears red boots. :roll: No, it's a cultural aspect that coincidentally fits in with the 'hidden identity' issue heroes face.


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    There is real controversy around the veil so like it or not people are gonna take it out of proportions and make a hue over what is at best a side issue.


    Update: This has become a major international story and almost every major and small online news network is running the story. These incldue huffingtonpost, telegraph, abc, bloomberg and al-jazeera and many others.
     
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    From the article run by AP:
     
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    So, is she fighting Taliban who like to shoot little girls in head for going to school?
     
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    The preview is in that link. I dont know anything about it more then that, they look like jihadis to me. But then again so does the superhero. :)
     
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    It could? sure, but don't you think there could be a level of controversy about an All-American male superhero wearing skin-tight clothes, and underwear on the outside?

    Could, but that's not the point of the comic, and only something detractors care about. Get my point?
     
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    Do you see any laws or controversies against wearing men wearing skin tight clothes in any country? But there are laws in countries where the veil / burka is banned and it is a very controversial issue. News makers gotta make their money and they will pick up on the controversial elements and they will highlight those. The story that I posted mentions just that so it is clear that is one of the angles they are going with. The other is of course Malala and the Taliban.

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    You can check out more details at BurkaAvenger.com or you could visit the Facebook page facebook.com/BurkaAvenger.
     
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    Where out of curiosity?
     
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    France for instance. There have been calls in many western countries for a ban on the veil.
     
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    Oh wow. I havent heard that before. They don't wear them often here, but I see them. Just not in banks.
     
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    Even if the news or a significant portion of (really whatever) take issue with the burqa, I find it odd that an otherwise socially progressive comic hero in a super-conservative country would be criticized for the wearing of the burqa. Don't get me wrong, I think the burqa has deep social significance to the hindrance of women, but this character itself is a partial reflectance of the tradition, not another step in the subversion of women's rights. To the contrary, this character seems a step to be applauded toward the advance of women's rights and equality in an otherwise backward land.
     
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    To my knowledge, France is the only country that has tried to ban the veil outright.

    Most other Western countries just take issue with the veil when it comes to identification issues.

    For example, the owner of a convenience store might not want to let people wearing a veil into his store because of the inability to identify a person in the event of a robbery. The same applies to banks.

    Also, police need to see someone's face to identify them when searching for a fugitive or suspect.

    Photo IDs are pretty much pointless without being able to remove the veil.
     
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    But that rarely happens.
     
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    In most areas, robberies are rare in general.
     
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    Looks more like a ninja outfit to me!

    I like it, go get em girl!
     
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    Hi. No need to preach to the choir. I was actually a part of the team that worked on this project so I agree with all the above. However, this is a political forum and I wanted to discuss the political aspect of it or rather the political spin this story is being given.
     

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