Some delusion at work in that first link
I do not say that they are bad feminists, but I do say that I am confused. I simply don't get it. I can't see how a headscarf can be seen as anything but a symbol of misogyny, how it can convey any message but "my religion teaches me that I am icky and must be hidden away and I agree that I am icky".
It is idiotic to suggest that you make someone more free by limiting their clothing options.
To me it looks very much the same as the Menonites, the men wear "normal" (as defined by contemporary culture) clothes, the women dress like something from the early 19th century, the only message I can see there is that women are defined, by their clothing, as different, as "other", and that seems bad to me.
-In media immersion class-
Mr. Simpson: Guys. Settle. We’re gonna start today a little differently. Hazel has something she wants to show us.
Hazel: I lied to you all yesterday. Some of you I’ve been lying to longer than that. So let me introduce myself. My name is Hazel Aden and I was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. Not Jamaica and yes I’m a Muslin. These are my parents. My mom came here first with me to flee a civil war. My dad who was fighting in the war came later.
Terri: Fareeza wears that headscarf thing. How come you don’t?
Hazel: It’s a hijab and I do when I go to mosque, but to take it on full time it’s a personal and important decision. Anyway I’m sorry I lied. Unlike you guys I was ashamed of who I am, but not anymore.
*They begin clapping for her*
If I see a fan of death metal or some such, wearing a swastika, I don't leap to the conclusion that they're supporters of Naziism. When I see a headscarf, I don't leap to the conclusion that it represents radical Islam. And in neither case do I look askance at them. Not my cup of tea, but to each his own - I support everyone's right to express themselves.
Even in this very thread we had examples of people fleeing from repressive Islamic societies being offended by women here adopting the hijab or burka. It's painful the same way someone else may react to the swastika.
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