Itis true that the society has been dominated by man, and which hasbeen a problem to women as they try all they can to reach thepositions of their counterparts in every aspect of life, especiallyin their careers. Rafia Zakaria in her interesting article revealsthe struggles that female journalists in western nations go throughin order to outsmart their male counterparts. It has been difficultto get stories of women in countries where women`s rights are notpopular such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia among otherwarring nations, and this has been a challenge to most journalists.Therefore, female journalists have been forced to use innovativemeans of extracting information to ensure that they give stories ofthese uncivilized women to their western readers by taking advantageof the existence of a woman’s space and intimacy.
Itis even harder for a male journalist to get coverage of these women’sstories hence their female counterparts have used such opportunitiesto find a way to these fighting countries’ households, andestablish relationships with their women and easily get their storiesand experiences. The methods used by these journalists may not be theappropriate way to reveal stories of women in these countries, but ithas become necessary in order to help them out of bondage. Thesearticles have helped women’s rights movements to identify countrieswith segregated women and they have been able to radicalize them tobe able to fight for their rights. Moreover, such opportunities havegiven female journalists in western countries recognition from theirbosses and have helped them advance in their career.
Rafia Zakaria in her article shows how women treasure their lonemoments when they are away from their male counterparts as they getto express themselves freely with their female friends withoutholding back. She also portrays the world as a male-dominated societywhere women will find their space and meet in private places toshare, which have effects on their emotional life as it creates bondsand brings them closer. Therefore, women journalists from Westerncountries have taken advantage of women’s space by using it to digdeeper into other women’s private lives to report what they aregoing through to western countries.
Onthe other hand, western male journalists have opportunities to coverhalf of their stories from wars because they do not get a chance toreport on other issues that women are facing in the fightingcountries because they are barred from accessing their households.The women journalist can easily access the women’s spaces incountries such as Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan bycovering their heads with scarves to conceal their direct identityand even drink tea together to get their confidence. have usedsuch privileges to outsmart their male counterparts in journalism andhave helped them to upgrade their careers. Most of the articles withinformation and stories of these women who are uncivilized attract alarge market in the western nations.
Zakariaalso shows how the journalists who are authors of different articlestry to help Western readers to understand women in countries suchas SaudiArabia. They also claim that their articles will help awaken feminismamong the Muslim women. Despite their gender, the female journalistssometimes need to hide their cameras in their bags to reveal somehidden truths. The journalist also shows how women in warringcountries show their puerility by discussing Disney weddings and areoblivious about their husbands to be whom they have never met ortalked to, which is a strange issue in the western nations. Theauthor also shows how the female journalists use titles and photosthat are appealing in their articles to attract readers, which on theother hand, is a betrayal to the relationship that journalistsestablishes with their subjects during the interviews. This behaviorshows that the journalist will go to any extent to ensure that theirarticle is published and helps to upgrade their lives in theirwestern countries without considering women whom their stories andbodies appear in the articles.
Sincejournalism is purely business, some journalists may reveal secretsthat are life threatening to the subjects in the story in order tomake their article more saleable. This indicates that sometimessisterhood and women’s space are not based on trust, but self-gainand interest. Most of the female journalistswhogive reports about the women in countries such as “women of Jihad”from Afghanistan, try to do so to establish their careers in theirpatriarchal society. Zakaria in her article also shows that therelationship that existed in her girlhood in her home, Pakistan inthe 1980s is nothing compared to that established between thejournalists and their subjects to get stories for their articles. Shesaid that the attachment that her female relatives and friends whovisited their home developed emotional intimacy, unlike that of thejournalists that are only used to help in building a career.
Theexistence of such daring journalists such as Zoepf and Addario hasbeen a source of inspiration to many women who live in a patriarchalsociety. Their articles have gone a far way to mobilizing movementsthat fights for women’s rights to address issues of women in thewarring nations while their male colleagues cover the wars. Thearticle shows how female journalists have used the women’s space toget stories from their female “friends” in countries that aremale chauvinists.