Reblog from “A Broad’s View:” 7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs Via Mic

My great thanks to Christina for posting this on her excellent blog, and my deep appreciation to Laila for bringing her eloquent voice and excellent message to our attention! Please read and enjoy the truth! ♥♥♥ ;^)

A Broad's View

7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs – Mic.

By Laila Alawa via Identities.mic

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7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs
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Imagine a Muslim woman and you’ll most likely picture a hijab, the head covering worn by some Muslim women across the globe.

The hijab is not the most important part of being a Muslim woman, but it is certainly the most visible. In a time when Islamophobia only seems to be on the rise in the West, a practice that is so personal and diverse has become a warped and misunderstood part of a flat and monolithic picture of Muslim women.

As Islam becomes more and more wrapped up in public debates about foreign policy, integration and immigration, the hijab has quickly become shorthand for a set of stereotypes that neither represent nor capture the experience of being…

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19 thoughts on “Reblog from “A Broad’s View:” 7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs Via Mic

  1. I always found them very mysterious!! And Aisha it’s very interesting that for centuries Catholic nuns wore something similar ( although no longer). I suppose I might be called a xenophile. I love strange and mysterious peoples and customs!!!

    • Lol, I share that same interest, Cybele! And maybe I was influenced early by my catholic upbringing, when I was a kid we definitely wore covers to church, little white lacy scarfs or pretty white frilly straw hats like they wear for easter still. Maybe that had a lasting effect on me! I also really loved the nuns, especially my 2nd grade teacher Sister Mary Leo. Lol, she’d probably have a cow if she learned I became muslim! Thanks so much for visiting and I’m really happy you enjoyed this! ♥♥♥ ;^)

  2. So interesting a post dear Aisha ; going through it and the original one,I have learned a lot,I could understand why we should respect cultural diversity especially when it is connected with religious matters.They are so delicate points and it is wise to avoid being dogmatic and look deeper than the surface …
    Nowadays,with the globalization evolution we should keep our minds open in all directions,develop more cross-cultural communication and break the set boundaries by the created stereotypes … Somewhere in the original it says : ” Men want us to wear hijabs … ” and they are right .. They have made their revolution,they follow the natural evolution,but who is going to stop the hardliners and the hard-core supporters,dear Aisha ? Hate whatever is imposed on us,whatever is against our free will … Enough of my ramblings,the day is very hot and has come over my head …

    Have a look at the following well-written Guardian article which is related to your re-blogged post:
    http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/she-said/2014/apr/01/laugh-not-at-my-hijab-please

    All my love ♥♥♥ and plenty of xoxoxo ,Doda 🙂

    • Hahaha, Doda, that girl is hilarious! I’ve never been that brave out loud, but she sure does inspire me! Between my reblog and the link you provide, it is a good start at understanding more about the muslim woman’s right to wear a headscarf. But on the subject of cultural norms being forced upon a woman to wear a particular article or style of clothing is terribly oppressive and hugely hypocritical, especially regarding the full burka or the nikab. Neither of these methods of covering are acceptable for prayer or for making Hajj, in fact they are not allowed in either case, so compelling a muslim woman to wear either style of covering is just plain wrong. If a woman chooses to wear them, for what ever reason, well, she has a right to wear whatever she wants, and I support her, but personally it just doesn’t make sense for me. I get more angry at the people who insist that it’s perfectly fine for women to go 99% naked, at the beach for example, but they get so mad at me for wearing a long skirt and long sleeves!!!
      I couldnt care less if she goes totally naked, so why should anybody give a flip if I want to wear clothes? Are they just mad because they wanted to see me naked? (Lol, what a bad idea!) It’s such a sexist issue! And to be completely honest, it’s always a man who uses this comment: come on, lighten up and wear a bathing suit, babe!

      Oh, dear Doda, it’s quite fun to read your comments, and I love this one, I usually never rant, but that felt good! Lol, enjoy the sun and dont let anyone bother you about what you wear, or don’t wear! Have fun and carry my smiles with you – blow a big kiss to Ithaka for me, and here’s one for you ;^* ♥♥♥ ;^)))

      • Hi dear Aisha ! I have a short holiday break and I try to check out whatever replies I got to my comments.You are so consist my dear friend and you never leave a comment unanswered ! I’m glad we share the same principles and feelings !!! You have all my love ~♥~♥~♥~ as always and big (((((((( hugs ))))))) , Doda 🙂

  3. The Media has much blame in spreading such ideas, We are all individual and so many do not really know anything at all about various cultures, only what is portrayed in some News article.. I am a great believer in Free will.. and if someone wishes to wear a garment that is up to them, however I disagree with forcing someone to wear what they do not wish to wear… I know I would soon be telling anyone who went through my wardrobe and told me what to wear for the day! LoL…

    Interesting reblog Aisha.. 🙂 thank you for its post xxx

    • Lol, I agree, Sue, it wouldnt sit well with me to be forced to wear this or that, and it is sad but true that there are many people born into cultures where compliance to certain norms is basically non negotiable. Patience is best under those circumstances, but I feel alot of compassion for people in that situation!
      Thanks so much for reading and your great compassion, too! ♥♥♥ ;^)

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