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Liberating Women Through Hijab ^ | 28/06/2010 | By Mohammad Azeemullah

Posted on 06/30/2010 12:42:49 AM PDT by Maelstorm

Are hijab and women incompatible? Are the two contradictory? Is the one enemy ‎of the other? At least that is what is believed in the west. Isn’t that?‎

Nothing has been as much discussed as those of women among men. So has been ‎the argument about their dress, i.e. what they wear and how they wear?‎

Indeed, women’s clothing has always been in debate among public. It has ‎generated immense controversy, raised countless speculations and has attracted ‎both modernists’ and traditionalists’ views alike.‎

The issue has not yet died down. Just as early as June 17, 2010, an ‎article ‘Dressed to Distract” about why men are distracted when women ‎dress differently was published by The New York Times. It raised pertinent ‎questions about the magnetism and sexuality of women and the reason ‎why men are trapped into.‎

‎“Aesthetic allure is evolutionary, after all”, the author, Maureen ‎Dowd, argued. She reported: ‘… a 33-year-old single mother, filed ‎suit against Citigroup, claiming that she was fired in August from the ‎Citibank branch at the Chrysler Center for looking too sexy’. ‎

‎“Plaintiff was advised that as a result of the shape of her figure,” her lawsuit reads, ‎‎“such clothes were purportedly `too distracting’ for her male colleagues and ‎supervisors to bear.” ‎

The author further investigated: ‘Lorenzana recalled that her supervisors obsessed ‎over what she was wearing, “saying things are too tight, you cannot wear ‎turtlenecks.’ ‎

‎“I said, ‘You are discriminating to me, because of my body type,’ “she said with a ‎slight accent and a breathy voice. “This is genetic. What am I supposed to do?” ‎

‎“My life has been hard my whole entire life. People have this misconception that, ‎‎‘Oh, you do well in your life because of your looks.’ No, I am harassed.” (The New ‎York Times, June 17, 2010)‎

What is remarkable in the reporting is that the author deliberately skips a solution ‎to emerging challenges faced by women at offices owing to her being 'too ‎provocative' by wearing short dresses…an accepted lifestyle in American and ‎Western culture. ‎

Unarguably, tight and unethical outfits do generate the lewd glimpse of men ‎toward their sexual counterparts, and the current reporting, undoubtedly, reinforces ‎that argument. ‎

The spontaneity of response to such unfairness meted out to women automatically ‎turns the debate on why women wear hijab in the Arab world or why at all hijab is ‎a necessity in Islam for women once out of their closet.‎

The natural pull between the opposite sexes is innate. There is considerable ‎evidence that suggests that human sexual orientation is genetically influenced.‎

Women are different. They are attracted to a man based on what can best be ‎described by Anthony Storr, a renowned psychiatrist as ‘neurotic attachments’ that ‎triggers attraction.‎

Jung went further, and suggested: ‘There is feminine anima in a member of the ‎opposite sex, and are attracted by what they recognize as the unconscious and ‎hidden part of themselves’.‎

Further to add, the researchers, led by Prof Mark van Vugt and Johanna van Hooff ‎of the University of Amsterdam, and Helen Crawford of University of Kent, ‎examined the human bias towards looks by conducting a series of tests on 40 ‎people. ‎

The subjects, 20 women and 20 men, were hooked up to a machine that recorded ‎brain activity and were then given a task to perform. While they're doing the task ‎they were shown a series of photographs of faces of the opposite sex, ranging from ‎attractive to ugly. ‎

Men were easily distracted when they saw a pretty face but women stuck to task, ‎the study revealed. ‎

He added that the findings showed that men's desire for women was part of ‎evolution. ‎

The Koran, Islam's holy book, took notice of this difference in sexuality between ‎men and women long back, and thus guidelines were offered concerning clothing.‎

‎‘Tell the faithful women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts and not ‎display their beauty except what is apparent of it, and to extend their scarf to cover ‎their bosom’. (Qur’an, 24:3) ‎

The guidance is further revealed:‎

‎"O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to ‎draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies. That will be better that they should ‎be known so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most ‎Merciful." (Qur’an, 33:59)‎

What is the purpose of hijab? Is it a sign of obscurantism or liberalism? Sara ‎Bokker, a former actress, model, fitness instructor and an activist, remarks: ‘I AM ‎an American woman who was born in the midst of America’s “Heartland.” ‎ I grew up, just like any other girl, being fixated with the glamour of life in “the big ‎city.” ‎

Eventually, I moved to Florida and on to South Beach of Miami, a hotspot for ‎those seeking the “glamorous life.”‎

Naturally, I did what most average Western girls do. I focused on my appearance ‎and appeal; basing my self-worth on how much attention I got from others. I ‎worked out religiously and became a personal trainer, acquired an upscale ‎waterfront residence, became a regular “exhibiting” beach-goer and was able to ‎attain a “living-in-style” kind of life.‎

Years went by; only to realize that my scale of self-fulfillment and happiness slid ‎down the more I progressed in my “feminine appeal.” I was a slave to fashion. I ‎was a hostage to my looks.‎

As the gap continued to progressively widen between my self-fulfillment and ‎lifestyle, I sought refuge in escapes from alcohol and parties to meditation, ‎activism, and alternative religions, only to have the little gap widen to what seemed ‎like a valley. I eventually realized it all was merely a painkiller rather than an ‎effective remedy.‎

One day I came across a book that is negatively stereotyped in the West – The ‎Noble Qur’an. I was first attracted by the style and approach of the Qur’an, and ‎then intrigued by its outlook on existence, life, creation, and the relationship ‎between Creator and creation. I found the Qur’an to be a very insightful address to ‎heart and soul without the need for an interpreter or pastor.‎

I bought a beautiful long gown and head cover resembling the Muslim woman’s ‎dress code and I walked down the same streets and neighborhoods where only days ‎earlier I had walked in my shorts, bikini, or “elegant” Western business attire. ‎

Although the people, the faces, and the shops were all the same, one thing was ‎remarkably distinct – I was not – nor was the peace at being a woman I ‎experienced for the very first time. I felt as if the chains had been broken and I was ‎finally free. ‎

I was delighted with the new looks of wonder on people’s faces in place of the ‎looks of a hunter watching his prey I had once sought.

Suddenly a weight had been ‎lifted off my shoulders. Finally, I was free.’ [Currently, Sara is Director of ‎Communications at “The March For Justice,” a co-founder of “The Global Sisters ‎Network,” and producer of the infamous “Shock & Awe Gallery.”] (‎‎: Cross-Cultural Understanding, Opinion Editorials, November 2008)‎

The word "hijab" comes from the Arabic word "hajaba" meaning to hide from view ‎or conceal. In the present time, the context of hijab is the modest covering of body.‎

Whatever the controversy concerning hijab, the fact is that it prevents men from ‎treating women like sex objects. It is, in essence, a liberating force that makes them ‎be evaluated for intelligence and skills instead of looks and sexuality. ‎

Hijab further acquires its new meaning and value in the fast shrinking moral life of ‎an individual whose only survival mechanism sails through ‘dare to bare’. ‎

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hijab; idiotalert; liberation; muslims; sexualfrustration; stuckonstupid; women
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Interesting take on the hijab. I do personally believe that modesty has real value to a society however I don't think forcing women to wear it is liberating.
1 posted on 06/30/2010 12:42:50 AM PDT by Maelstorm
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Okay, So, the only way to really see if Islamic precepts are valid and up-hold women’s dignity is to use this as a way to not ‎treat women like sex objects; only the embarrassed and the ugly would agree with the thought of it. I am very familiar with the Persian community; and only ignorant dumb frack Arabs force this up anyone’s a$$ and say it feels good. So let’s have Western Women wear this vestige of slavery as a fashion statement and see where it gets them.
2 posted on 06/30/2010 12:55:09 AM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about this misdirection!)
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To: Maelstorm

Hey Mohammed - BIOYA!

3 posted on 06/30/2010 1:08:30 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Maelstorm

Looks of wonder? They were probably wondering if she (or he) were a suicide bomber.

4 posted on 06/30/2010 1:33:27 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Maelstorm
Some women really do look better in a hijab:

5 posted on 06/30/2010 1:35:12 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Maelstorm

Is that cr@p what actually is considered a “thought process” in the Musdumbic world?

6 posted on 06/30/2010 2:01:29 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Maelstorm

Make the males wear the same thing then, if it’s so fair and liberating. Bet that wouldn’t go over so well though.

7 posted on 06/30/2010 2:01:41 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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What a load of crap from a typical Leftard. The hijab - like the burka - is the sign of slavery for women. These instruments of oppression should be banned in the USA. If the Leftards don’t like it then they can always be shipped to Saudi Arabia and live in that hot and oppressive country.

8 posted on 06/30/2010 2:01:54 AM PDT by Ronbo1948
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Forcing one to wear it is sick.....but when I have a bad hair day, and am too lazy to take a bath and get some decent clothes on, such a garment would suit me temporarily...

Perhaps the women are forced to wear it because they refuse to bath or dress decently and never wash their hair. The perfect covering......for muslim men ashamed muslim women..

9 posted on 06/30/2010 2:27:43 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Ronbo1948

> banned in the USA.


What about the Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites, Bruderhoff, and other Anabaptist and other conservative Christian groups? I believe the Hassidic Jewish women cover their heads, too.

Please don’t paint all women who cover their heads and wear modest clothing with the broad brush of the Mohamhead Lunatic.

10 posted on 06/30/2010 2:39:44 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Maelstorm

The goathumpers can’t control themselves.

11 posted on 06/30/2010 2:45:16 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Tolsti2

The males already wear dresses, what more do you want?

12 posted on 06/30/2010 3:14:05 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: Maelstorm

Modesty does have value. The hijab, however, has no place here. Period.

13 posted on 06/30/2010 3:17:19 AM PDT by sayuncledave
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To: Maelstorm

Slavery is Freedom. Gee, where have we read that before?

14 posted on 06/30/2010 3:31:09 AM PDT by piytar (Obama keeps going to golf courses instead of the Gulf. Maybe he's too stupid to know the difference?)
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To: Maelstorm

I suspect we might could rid the planet of I-slam simply by providing every woman of marriageable age in the slammite world with a 9mm semiauto pistol and 100 rounds of ammo. Total cost would be around 70B USD.

15 posted on 06/30/2010 3:48:43 AM PDT by wendy1946
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I like the way you think and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

16 posted on 06/30/2010 3:55:50 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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Try this: Next time you see some poor woman wearing one of those full-body slammite things, say something like “Pardon me, miss, but if you’re interested, I know a place where you could buy a pistol to shoot the sorry a**h*** who’s making you wear that thing!”

17 posted on 06/30/2010 4:03:43 AM PDT by wendy1946
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There is a difference between covering ones head which results in separating from the community and concealing one’s identity, vs covering ones head (for modesty) while integrating into the greater society (like many Jewish and Anabaptist women).

18 posted on 06/30/2010 4:38:16 AM PDT by tkas (Conservative mom)
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To: Maelstorm

I’ve seen this line of reasoning before. By draping women in tents, you make them all “equal” in the eyes of men. Of course, you also make them totally devoid of individuality—in short, you strip them of their femininity and turn them into annonymous entities that are shapeless and interchangable. Feminists these days are so twisted, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them embrace it. If nothing else, its another way to tear down our “oppressive” Western culture—and replace it with one that is downright hostile to women.

19 posted on 06/30/2010 4:38:48 AM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: tkas

Slammites have made an art form out of being pushy and those stupid scarves and burkas are part and parcel of it. No rational nation should tolerate it.

20 posted on 06/30/2010 4:40:54 AM PDT by wendy1946
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