Anime Antics

Burka Avenger: Cool or controversial?

Pakistan's getting its first female superhero—so why are people in a dither? The heroine of a new cartoon for children is a schoolteacher by profession, when she dons a burqa she transforms into Burka Avenger. Reactions have been mixed: novelist Bina Shah asked, “Is it right to take the burqa and make it look ‘cool’ for children, to brainwash girls into thinking that a burqa gives you power instead of taking it away from you?” However, Kulsume Hai, a female viewer of the show, called it a “strong take on womanhood.” The creator—a man—claims the burqa functions merely as a disguise.

Read it at the New York Times

August 1, 2013 11:56 AM