Panel on Feminism in the Media Moderated by Executive Director
September 24, 2014
On September 24, KARAMAH’s own Aisha Rahman moderated a panel on feminism in the media at the launch of AltFem Magazine, an online platform promoting conversation around faith and feminism. The panel was diverse, featuring Shahed Amanullah of Launch Posse and AltMuslim, Neylan McBaine of The Mormon Women Project, Eve Tushnet of Patheos, and Christy Vines of the Center for Global Engagement.
During the panel, Ms. Rahman asked a number of hard-hitting questions. It effectively pulled the panelists into a rousing discussion. For one, she questioned, “Does our focus for “power” or “empowerment” buy into patriarchy?” Answers were varied and carefully thought-out, with some panelists expressing a hope in there being a difference between wielding power and sharing power. Shahed Amanullah responded that, “empowerment isn’t something given, but comes from within. As a result, others can either stand in way or get out of the way.” Ms. Rahman then asked, “should people of faith coin a new term for feminism- one that is inclusive of a faith perspective or is that a foregone conclusion?” Vines answered, “Multiple feminisms can cause fracture and dilutes potential for change, it’s time to come together as one movement now.”
The questions from those attending the event were well thought out and varied, showing exactly how interested people were in talking about the topics of faith and feminism. Ms. Rahman incorporated questions both from the hashtag online and the in-person audience. Following panels at the AltFem event touched upon feminism and motherhood, and gender norms in relationships and marriage.