Skip to comments.Liberating Women Through Hijab
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. Isnt 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, womens 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. (Quran, 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." (Quran, 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 Americas 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 Quran. I was first attracted by the style and approach of the Quran, and then intrigued by its outlook on existence, life, creation, and the relationship between Creator and creation. I found the Quran 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 womans 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 peoples 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.] (www.ccun.org: 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.
Hey Mohammed - BIOYA!
Looks of wonder? They were probably wondering if she (or he) were a suicide bomber.
Is that cr@p what actually is considered a “thought process” in the Musdumbic world?
Make the males wear the same thing then, if it’s so fair and liberating. Bet that wouldn’t go over so well though.
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.
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..
> 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.
The goathumpers can’t control themselves.
The males already wear dresses, what more do you want?
Modesty does have value. The hijab, however, has no place here. Period.
Slavery is Freedom. Gee, where have we read that before?
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.
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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!”
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).
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.
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.