Source: Pornientalism: Using Tired, Old, Stupid, Racist Stereotypes of Muslim Women in Porn ‹ Muslimah Media Watch

In February, The Daily Beast published this story on Nadia Ali, a Pakistani-American porn star who is, as the article describes, “a 24-year-old…. first-generation American from Pakistan. She’s been in the adult industry for just a year, but doesn’t mind pushing religious boundaries in the name of XXX entertainment. Oh, and she’s also a practicing Muslim.”

Before I delve any further into the description of her work or her interview, let me just provide some context and clarify some points. First, I’m comfortable with the topic of sex. It doesn’t make me cringe or giggle. I’ve researched sexual health and provided workshops on sexual violence and sexual education. So I read the piece with an open mind. Second, my views of porn are mixed, though I tend to lean in the “not a fan” direction. I don’t find the genre, in general, feminist (though I know there is a feminist stream).  However, if a woman chooses to act in porn and maintains her independence and control then who am I to judge her? As such, this piece is not about judging her choice to act in porn, or shaming her.

Having said all that, I am deeply offended by the liberal and willing use of the most tired and stupid stereotypes of Muslim women (and men), in both the article and her porn (yes, I watched some of her films). It’s so bad I don’t even know where to start.

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