Meet Qahera, the Muslim superheroine fighting bigots instead of comic book villains

Meet Qahera, the Muslim superheroine fighting bigots instead of comic book villains

“I can hear it! The sound of … misogynistic trash!” says Qahera. Carrying a sword as sharp as her wit and wearing a veil that is sometimes used to conceal her identity, the Muslim superheroine is out to fight against injustice. …

One comic strip in particular became very beloved. In a country where the majority of women have been subjected to harassment, Mohamed’s drawing of a woman fighting against her harassers and a superheroine defending her drew widespread praise.

Superheroes are commonly associated with men, and most of the female superheroes that become well known — like Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl — were created by male authors as extensions of male superheroes and depicted in a sexualized way that targeted mostly male audiences.

By Marta Vidal, The Lily

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