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Arab Superwomen Fight Convention as Comics Draw New Middle East

By Salma El Wardany and Caroline Alexander - 2013-11-06T08:20:59Z

Image courtesy of Jihen Ben Mahmoud

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The internet, social media and other advances in technology are providing women with new tools in the wake of the Arab Spring, and helping them reach ever larger audiences, according Lena Merhej, a Lebanese artist researching narratives at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany. She points to the animated 2007 film Persepolis about an outspoken Iranian girl that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, as one recent inspiration for the genre.