Emily Deering Crosby publishes in Journal of International Women's Studies

Emily Deering Crosby’s essay “Faux Feminism: France’s Veil Ban as Orientalism” will be published in the July, 2014 issue of the Journal of International Women’s Studies. This essay explores the discourse surrounding veil ban legislation in France and the rhetoric employed to rationalize the ban on facial coverings as a feminist gesture. By employing Edward Said’s theoretical notion of “Orientalism” this essay urges for a more nuanced and diversified view of female agency and religious freedom outside of the Western paradigm. Through three contemporary case studies, the essay questions the specious appropriation of feminist sentiment to rationalize Orientalist aims, which have the potential to foment unique forms of sexist Islamophobia.