I stopped buying women’s fashion magazines years ago when I got fed up of looking at photo after photo of anorexic fifteen year olds wearing $700 flip-flops, along with repetitive articles exulting women’s superiority, victimhood, dieting and plastic surgery. To say that there was nothing I could possibly find interesting would be to greatly understate it.
By doing so, I missed the latest trends in women’s fashion publishing. One, the sex-manual mags (like Cosmo, which now has text and illustrations) I wrote about last August. The December issue of Marie Claire has a naked woman on the cover but at least didn’t go into that trend.
Now here’s the latest trend: Marie Claire‘s Mecca Stars, a.k.a. the glamorization of Islam’s submission of women.
Debbie Schlussel has all the photos from the spread, and comments,
By the way, the photos were shot in Dubai, home of the new anti-Jew apartheid. No Israeli passports or passport stamps allowed (unless you’re a Muslim, then it’s okay). Not a peep from the libs that run Marie Claire.
Or from the rest of the press. This particular issue of MC got a lot of publicity for publishing a photoshop of Elizabeth Vargas’s face on a woman breast-feeding a baby for an article titled “The Mother Of All Tough Choices”. Because not mentioning Dubai’s anti-Jew laws is not a tough choice; it comes naturally to Marie Claire’s editors.
The print on the photo reads
Where else can you get your sheik on with the hot new accessories but in the desert wonderland of Dubai?
The “desert wonderland of Dubai” they talk about is “Dubai and its shopping”, which is fully itemized on page 139. Apparently there are only 45 malls in Dubai, so I’ll stay in New Jersey, thank you. And keep the sheik off me, please.
The model in the above photo wears a “Silver mask, price upon request, from Victor and Rolf”
Considering how Islam tells men to beat their wives into submission, it’s hardly surprising that the first page of the spread highlights an S&M item.
The rest of the photos feature several extremely thin young women (a polygamist’s wives?) wearing a lot of make-up, huge sunglasses and expensive accessories, not unlike the first woman I saw wearing the veil at Harrods almost thirty years ago. Unlike the woman I saw at Harrods, their black clothes are from-fitting. On one page they even wear Chanel jackets on top of them, which had me wondering what the Saudi religious police would do, considering that they would have school girls burn to death rather than allow them to leave a burning building unveiled.
The photo spread shows the glamour of eating a burger under your veil at McDonald’s. Irony? Humor? Of just good ole cluelessness on Marie Claire’s part?
According to this site, the purpose of the veil is protection. While some decadent Westeners think of condoms when someone mentions protection,
This is the whole point, modesty is prescribed to protect women from molestation or simply, modesty is protection. Thus, the only purpose of the veil in Islam is protection.
Some of us decadent Western women, however, prefer to protect ourselves with firearms. Never mind that the mark of a civilized society is men’s self-control.
On page 143, one of the “stars” is shown behind the wheel: To the Arabs, Women Driving Cars Is a Sinful Thing. The babe in the photo must be daydreaming, much like a little kid who sneaks behind the wheel of his dad’s car wishing he could actually drive it.
But not to worry, she’s wearing $67,645 worth of jewelry. Like the woman I saw at Harrods, who bought herself a complete set of Vuitton luggage, in all her luxury the model is
simply a cipher, to be held as a nonentity, hidden under a mass of black cloth, unseen, never to be trusted, allowed to talk to no one other than a man that will speak for them
Marie Claire has shown its true colors. What’s even more shameful is that the MSM carried on about the Vargas photoshop and ignored the Mecca Stars.
Update Is Jack Straw right about banning hijab?
Follow-up post: The Veil Controversy.
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