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Study: Media slants coverage of Muslim women

May 12, 2017

New Study:
Media slants coverage of Muslim women

This is the conclusion from Rochelle Terman, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford who conducted a study of New York Times and Washington Post coverage between 1980 and 2014.

Here’s Terman:

Are Muslims inherently misogynist? Many Americans seem to think so.  Public opinion data reveal anxiety about whether Islam is compatible with Western values. A big part of that unease comes from the perception that Muslim societies are sexist and patriarchal….American public opinion about Muslim women’s rights may come in part from an imbalance in media portrayals….U.S. media outlets portray Muslim society as distinctly sexist and misogynist, even compared to similar non-Muslim countries with poor women’s rights records. That may feed negative stereotypes about Islam — which affects public attitudes and public policy.

At Round Earth Media, we do things differently.

Laila Lalami was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Moor’s Account.  Lalami is praising a story in this week’s New York Times by Round Earth Media’s advisory board member, Aida Alami.  Read Aida’s story by clicking on the photo at the top.

At Round Earth we know that there is another way — a more accurate, nuanced and better way — of reporting on women in countries like Morocco.  Reporting that busts stereotypes and can lead to better public policy.

Warmest regards,
Mary

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