Persepolis 2 and Performing Democracy

Persepolis 2: Why does it matter? Persepolis (1 and 2) is definitely a different take on some very important historical moments in Iranian history. I think the biggest reason this story sticks with me is because of the child narrator. To read a story that takes place with a child narrator brings more emotion to ... [Read more...]

Lost Between Worlds

  Fadwa's story tells us a lot about the distance between our lives and the lives of those we hear about in the news, and how that affects our perceptions. For lack of a better expression, it's exceedingly true that in our reception and perception of the lives of those living in the Middle East ... [Read more...]

Persepolis 2

In Performing Democracy, Segall mentions the importance of Fadwa's story.  This young mother's cry for democracy was hardly echoed across the globe in comparison to the similar demonstration that took place just a few months before her. The search for her story shows the difference in gender roles when it comes to protesting and how Western media ... [Read more...]

Two Sides to Every Story

The West and Middle East have had ongoing conflict and have misinterpreted each other for a long period of time. The amount of hate that followed 9/11 completely controlled the way the west viewed the Middle East. The U.S. were so hurt that there seemed to be no other way to look at it than ... [Read more...]

Cultural Change and Exchange

Fadwa Fadwa is an important figure because of how her story did not receive as much attention as the other stories of suffering portrayed. Interestingly enough a different death actually garnered more attention than her death. This happened to be the death of Bouazizi. It is important to get stories from multiple walks of life ... [Read more...]

Gendered Media and Persepolis

Fadwa's story is important for a few reasons. It shows the despair the impoverished feel, and how helpless Fadwa, and others, must have felt and still feel. It also shows the, for lack of a better word, corruption and sexism in Western media. Fadwa's story blew up in Morocco and became a collective memory because ... [Read more...]

Protest, Freedom of Speech, Persepolis

Fadwa’s story matters because in a Western perspective it seems that during the time of the Arab Spring women were not deeply involved protesting. However, women have always been apart of the protest. Numerous Moroccan websites calls Fadwa’s story of her burning herself and the symbol of her fist, rising above the flames as a ... [Read more...]

Going Beyond the Single Story

Fadwa’s story matters because it adds more dimensions to the single-story of Islamic protest that Western media portrays. Instead of news sites showing pictures of her burning body, they showed male protesters in action. We don’t know her story because our society decided it wasn’t inspiring enough to see Islamic women standing up for their ... [Read more...]

Persepolis and Beyond

Fadwa's story matters because it is not a well-known story. Being female, it seems that her protest never got the attention it deserved. It is a terrible fact seeing as she was not out to make a political statement, but she set herself ablaze in agony over horrible policies that would not help her in ... [Read more...]

Single Stories That Ruin Our Vision.

The importance of Fadwa’s story is not because it was a protest, but because it was a protest that went unnoticed by the mainstream media. Due to gender, to a collective memory that was not deemed as important enough to the West, there is a life that was taken and it went unnoticed. Fadwah Lourai, ... [Read more...]