Thursday, December 10, 2015

Consider Me Muslim

I admit I have issues with headscarves. The feminist in me believes they are a form of oppression and that men should wear some sort of blindfold, instead, if they can't handle the sight of a woman's hair and neck. I believe in taking personal responsibility rather than compelling an entire gender to protect you from yourself. But I defend a woman's right to wear it even though I have my own ideas about it. And I defend religious freedom even though I have reservations about religion.

Lately I've been thinking we should all start wearing headscarves in solidarity, in protest. Because I CAN'T STAND what I'm hearing these days. Let's all be Muslim until this stupidity burns itself out.


  1. the overwhelming stupid is astounding....religion does not equal terrorist. I have to agree that covering oneself to "protect" a man from seeing you doesn't seem right to me, I support a woman's right to do what she wants.... (so long as she is doing it willingly)

  2. interestingly enough the Christian woman should also be wearing head coverings..

    "But I want you to understand that the head of every man (that is Christian men and women) is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head" (1 Cor. 1:3-6).

    as do Jewish women: When a religious Jewish woman puts something on her head, it symbolizes the fact that she is one of G-d's own. G-d commanded the Jewish people to be holy and separate. Unfortunately, Western culture is all about shaking the booty: who has the best body, who is the sexiest, who has the most money, etc. That kind of attitude goes against everything Judaism is supposed to represent. Jewish women cover their hair to proclaim their loyalty to Jewish religion and to her husband.

    Why do women wear hijab?

    Muslim women choose to wear the hijab or other coverings for a variety of reasons. Some women wear the hijab because they believe that God has instructed women to wear it as a means of fulfilling His commandment for modesty. For these women, wearing hijab is a personal choice that is made after puberty and is intended to reflect one’s personal devotion to God. In many cases, the wearing of a headscarf is often accompanied by the wearing of loose-fitting, non-revealing clothing, also referred to as hijab.

    While some Muslim women do not perceive the hijab to be obligatory to their faith, other Muslim women wear the hijab as a means of visibly expressing their Muslim identity (Haddad, et al, 2006). In the United States, particularly since 9/11, the hijab is perceived to be synonymous with Islam. Some Muslim women choose to appropriate this stereotype and wear the hijab to declare their Islamic identity and provide witness of their faith. Unfortunately this association has also occasionally resulted in the violent assaults of Muslim women wearing hijab.

    While most Muslim women wear the hijab for religious reasons, there are other Arab or Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab as an expression of their cultural identity. By wearing the hijab, Muslim women hope to communicate their political and social alliance with their country of origin and challenge the prejudice of Western discourses towards the Arabic-speaking world (Zayzafoon, 2005). In many cases, the wearing of the hijab is also used to challenge Western feminist discourses which present hijab-wearing women as oppressed or silenced.

  3. I went to my Bible (New American Standard) to read the verse you sited. That was not the verse in my Bible. Please check your source as I have never read this before and I'm curious where it is written along with who wrote it etc. Thanks

  4. I love this idea....and your thoughtful analysis of the situation. I'm in if you want to take it a step further! Reminds me of a children's story a few years ago about the Danes that wore yellow stars in solidarity with Danish Jews during Denmark's occupation -- the story was refuted by many but just the thought of it was empowering.


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