Feminist symbols in the Arab world #1: Qatar’s World Cup stadium




qatar stadium

The design is by Zaha Hadid, Iraqi-born British architect. See more below:

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    • I’ve long since lost track of what feminism means, and I did not understand it in the first place. This seems as good a symbol as any!

  • Having studied biology, and from my interest in herbology before, I can say the shape also reminds me of the stoma that is part of the plant leaf structure. And that would also make a symbolic sense. While I also like it that if Hadid indeed made a reference the female genitalia, which effect she must have considered, it is also an attempt maybe to take the shape out from a sexist context. It is intended as respectful, not as a dirty joke.

    But here is an article by a (woman) journalist for the Guardian about the symbolism. NB She wrote it before she realised that the architect was (nobody less than) Zaha Hadid! (Woman, and from the Arab world). http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/18/qatar-accidental-vagina-stadium-al-wakrah-world-cup-stadium

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