The old online jihad/"e-caliphate" story took an entertaining twist this week, as the Daily Beast accused ISIS/ISIL of pursuing Western women.
The piece begins with clickbaitfodder titles:
The ISIS Online Campaign Luring Western Girls to Jihad
Some of the European women already in the ranks of the Islamic State are trying to lure their ‘sisters’ to the marriage beds of the caliphate’s holy warriors.
It's like Westerners seeking developing world brides, but in reverse.
“By creating content specifically targeting female jihadi supporters, the Islamic State is able to establish a pipeline to assist Western women in traveling to Syria to marry jihadi fighters and contribute to the formation of their new society...”
Note the utopian (actually dystopian) drive that source detects.
And enjoy this nightmarish image, a combination of tank, wedding ring, terrorists, and Middle Eastern locale:
This kind of story draws on old anxieties about white slavery and the control of women. Then it remixes them through contemporary cyber-fears, specifically the notion that the online world exerts terrible seductions upon otherwise innocent people.