Tampon Bombs: Newsweek Pakistan's Explosive Cover About Female Suicide Bombers

Minhaj Ahmed Rafi Illustrates Piece About the Growing Phenomenon

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Newsweek Pakistan, the independently published licensee of Newsweek, is certainly making its presence felt outside its home country. A cover story about female suicide bombers was illustrated using the jarring image of tampons with lit fuses where their strings should be -- an attempt to explain the phenomenon of terrorist organizations using women bombers because they often garner much more media attention. The cover itself, designed by Minhaj Ahmed Rafi, however, is also getting plenty of attention of its own -- much of it negative, thanks to its most definitively misogynistic subtext. After all, wasn't there any other way to illustrate that female bombers are on the rise than showing the accoutrements of menstruation and topping it all with a coverline that makes reference to female genitalia?

Newsweek Pakistan, which is edited by former WSJ reporter Fasih Ahmed, is one of Newsweek's foreign editions, and one of the few outside the U.S. published in English. It still has a newsstand presence, which means this cover will be seen out on the streets and not just online. The magazine was recently bought by publisher IBT Media, from the IAC.

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