The article, entitled "To Make Female Hearts Flutter in Iraq, Throw a Shoe" discusses, in particular, the reaction of female Iraqis to Muntader al-Zaidi, the journalist recently convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for having thrown his shoes at President George W. Bush during a press conference late last year. Zaidi's act was of course clearly unlawful and for many, particularly, in Iraq, it was likely seen as a justifiable act of resistance against a head of state who ordered the invasion and occupation of their country. However what is interesting about the article is how it frames and contextualizes the nature of female Iraqi support for Zaidi's act. If the title didn't give it away, then certainly the opening lines give you a striking impression of where the writers are heading (or at least attempting to contextualize/frame what is to follow):
What does it take for an Iraqi woman to fall in love with a man?In parks and dress shops, in university halls and on picnics, Iraqi women are still smitten — three months and one new American president later — by the shoe thrower, Muntader al-Zaidi.
What do the writers base their ideas on? Conversations with twenty women over a few days. Of those twenty (and from what was included in the article), only one appears to have made any comments that resembled or matched the tenor of the title and opening lines of the article.
Atiyaf Mahmoud, 19, a student in her first year of medical school said, “I love Zaidi. I saw him in my dreams twice, the last one was after the trial, he was released and I went to congratulate him and shake his hand.”
“I was so excited in that sweet dream,” she said. “I wish to have that dream again.”