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Saturday, September 08, 2018 

Even Dust's outfit in the X-Men isn't good enough for some Islamists

Look what we have here on the BBC for starters. An Islamist from Boston, looking for something to be offended by, shows she's not satisfied with the niqab outfit design of Dust by drawing up her own idea of what Sooraya Qadir should be wearing:
Sara Alfageeh, from Boston, USA, has always loved comics. As a child, she used to "run home from the library with stacks of them".

But the recent depiction of one character annoyed her so much she chose to take matters into her own hands.

In a tweet, Ms Alfageeh vented her frustration with the way the X-Men character Dust was drawn.

Dust, a mutant from Afghanistan, is described by Marvel as having a strong "respect for tradition".

Ms Alfageeh shared an image of Dust and asked: "Who looked at a niqabi character and still gave her the latex costume treatment?"
Well the answer to that would be both writer Grant Morrison, who's leftist, and artist Ethan Van Sciver, who's rightist. And the former's ideas for entertainment are what the latter was going by, right down to the propaganda angle. Yet even that's not good enough for the whiner - whose word on being a fan shouldn't be taken at face value - and so she took to working on conceiving her own idea of what it should be like:
The question clearly hit a nerve with many other comic book fans.

A number agreed that the design of Dust's outfit was not reflective of a realistic niqab and took issue with the form-fitting outfit.
Gee, I wouldn't be too sure, though I can certainly say the veil/head covering is definitely degrading to women (and there's even some Muslims willing to say the same), not to mention very unhealthy, and I'll even say the outfits/wigs worn by Satmar adherents are degrading, certainly if the women in their insular communities are required to cut off their hair underneath. By the way, how do we know the people the BBC speak of are actually "fans"?
Ms Alfageeh told the BBC she was annoyed the artist had "felt the need to sexualise Dust" and make her "clothes cling to her body".
I don't know why neither Morrison nor Van Sciver are mentioned here, but I do believe it was regrettable Marvel succumbed to whitewashing Islam in the post-911 years, and come to think of it, such outfits in themselves are an insult to women's sexuality. If anything, this shows there's SJWs out there who're throwing both Morrison and Van Sciver under the bus even after all the propaganda efforts they were willing to make in their favor.
One Twitter user said: "No female artist would ever pretend that's how boobs work."
Umm, that's not so at all, if you've ever seen Rachel Dodson's artwork, or considered that Trina Robbins was the artist who co-created Vampirella. And there's others too, so don't go around insulting even the female contributors to comicdom who've had their own share of hot body character designs.
While another pointed out having tight material on one's chest would be "so uncomfortable in the desert".

Twitter user Anile expressed concern that the tightness of Dust's abaya (long robe) would restrict the superhero's ability to breathe.
Umm, what if, worse still, it made her sweaty and hot underneath? And again, there's that health issue of osteoporosis and heart disease to consider.
Ms Alfageeh, "fuelled by bitterness and a deep love of street fashion", decided to take matters into her own hands and redesign the hero's attire - echoing a recent trend on social media to redraw comic book characters seen as sexist.
See, this is all that concerns them, petty issues over whether a character looks sexy, and acting like that's literally an abominable thing. It's very sad how both western - and eastern - beauty standards are being villifed by anonymous mental cases who have nothing better to do, and clearly suffer from internet addiction.
Despite being a popular character in the X-Men universe, Dust has previously drawn criticism for being poorly researched.

For example, Marvel lists her place of origin as an "unrevealed location in western Afghanistan".

However, Dust speaks in Arabic, rather than Pashto or Dari, which are much more commonly spoken in Afghanistan.
As a matter of fact, Pashto is built on the Arabic alphabet, so that's not necessarily a big deal as they want it to be. But seriously, Dust is "popular"? I'd say it's disputable because of the pro-Islamic propaganda angle the character's built on, and like many other comics, X-Men's declined in sales over the years. Still, this demonstrates that, no matter how kowtowing Morrison could be, his fellow SJWs wouldn't care for long.

This ABC affiliate's no better in their own fawning:
"For me, I had the same way I tackle any type of illustration I do: I do the research. ... That was looking at Instagram, it was looking at Pinterest, it was looking at fashion blogs, it was seeing what Muslim women were already putting themselves out there in. I was thinking also in terms of, OK, well, this has to be a practical outfit. She's a superhero. She's going places, she's doing stuff. And so how do I balance this more fashionable aspect with this more practical aspect? And then on top of that, I loved the original, iconic yellow and blue of the X-Men series," Alfageeh said. [...]

But it wasn't just the design that struck Alfageeh. For example, Dust's character is from Afghanistan, yet the comics show Dust speaking Arabic, which isn't one of the two official languages in the country.

"Dust is honestly a summary of uninspired and lazy writing. … She just didn't really have much to offer besides the fact that she's the X-Men Muslim superhero, that's it. That's where they stopped writing her, and I think the bar just needs to be so much higher than that. You need to create a good character first before you start checking off your diversity quota," Alfageeh said.
Ironically, this is so in a sense: the story angle by Morrison was pro-Islam, no matter what the outfit's like. But that's beside the point. He had a big chance to explore all sorts of other challenging cultures and nationalities, like eastern European and Balkan lands such as Bulgaria and Croatia, religions like Shintoism and Confucianism, yet he chose what's long turned out to be the most easy-peasy, cheapjack ideology of all, Islam, which seems to be all that matters to these "progressive" leftists. If that's all they're interested in, and nothing else, then they're lazy and uninspiring. And it's hilarious how these kind of people the BBC/ABC speaks of are the ones they'll give time to argue in favor of "good character" prior to diversity quotas, in contrast to what a lot of other SJWs in comics are doing nowadays. If all they can do is practice taqqiya (deceit) about Islam itself, then they haven't accomplished any good, and to say "good character" isn't accurate. It's good writing that makes the character the same, not just merely the character alone.
Dust isn't the only female Muslim comic character, but Alfageeh has some advice for getting these types of characters portrayed more accurately

"The first step is to forget that you're creating this Muslim character. We're not 100 percent defined by how we visibly represent ourselves or by our faith. … Focus on making a good story, and then ... make sure you know who's in your audience and that you're speaking directly to them," Alfageeh said.
But if they're not willing to be honest about each and every part of the Koran, then again, they're not making a good story at all. It's the same if they're whitewashing communism, nazism and even Scientology, among other horrid ideologies. All that aside, they are right about one thing: Dust's not the only Muslim character Marvel's produced over the years. There's also Kamala Khan, and how strange that so far, the Muslim Ms. Marvel hasn't been mentioned in these articles, because her attire actually goes against the buffoon's beliefs even more, as she doesn't wear even a hijab, and there have been Islamists who've considered that going against their beliefs as well. Is it because Dust has all but fallen by the wayside while the Muslim Ms. Marvel's been shoved down the audience's throats more often today that they decided this would make a perfect time-wasting form of news? Obviously, given the level of propaganda the Khan character's come to represent, along with the fact 2 of the developers for Marvel were Muslim themselves, they must've not felt up to mentioning that.

This is just more laughable social justice propaganda that shows even leftists of yesteryear like Morrison are getting their ideas shunned for not being PC enough to suit the modern SJWs standards, and in eventual time, even Kamala Khan's bound to be subject to the same complaints as Sooraya Qadir's now undergoing.

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Sending in fan artwork and costume redesigns is a sign of enthusiasm for the comics, not a criticism of them. Nothing in the BBC article,
by the way, says that the fan artist is an Islamist. As she says, she is not 100% defined by her faith. She is an enthusiast of street fashion and engages in representational art, which should tell you that she is not solely and purely a fundamentalist Muslim right there. She is saying that someone who is wearing a niquab to cover her face is not likely to dress in fetish wear from the neck down. You don’t
need to be a believer to see the out-of-character silliness of it.

The Kamala Ms Marvel does not wear a niqab or hijab, so the issue doesn’t really apply to her in the same way that it applies to Dust. She is an American character, not Afghani, so she has a different sensibility.

As far as sexy art goes, Rachel Dodson and Trina Robbins drew hot bodies with some knowledge of human anatomy. Classic good girl and pin-up artists knew anatomy and often worked from models. Much of the ‘bad girl art’ in comics and video games since then has no relationship to the way the human body is put together; some of it looks like slim-hipped boys with giant lighter-than-air watermelons
attached to their pectorals. When a commenter writes about how ‘that is not how boobs work’ it means they are not drawn with any sense of how the human body works; they are not sexy enough because of that. Artists who take life drawing classes draw sexier woman than artists who learn how to draw by copying 1990s Image comic books.

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She cosplays as Captain America, Sailor Moon and Ms Marvel. She does fan art. She writes about comics. I think you can take at face value that she is a sincere fan.

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