Muslim Women in Hijab/Burqa – Where is Choice?

14 November, 2009 at 15:15 6 comments

Kishwar Desai in her latest piece in DC titled, “Hijab – Rebellion, Choice or Diktat?” points to a play in London about a teenager who chooses to wear the burqa in a liberal society (sic). During the course of this cacophony, she asks a very valid question that has been burning in my mind. So, the Mullahs and Taliban and any form of oppressive diktat want women to wear the black post-box dress. What about the West? By telling women NOT to wear the same dress, are they not being just as oppressive and fundamentalist because like the crazed terrorists, these so called secular countries want to decide what women should wear. In all this confusion, where is the choice of women and their rights? No surprise then that Muslim women in liberal societies are choosing to wear the burqa as a sort of rebellion against racial discrimination. Good for them but seriously, folks, think about it…

While the media has no dearth of stories of women suffering under the Islamic tyranny, there is not much hue and cry over France, Germany, Netherlands, Canada trying to ban any form of head covering in public institutions for years. But this is only for Muslim women because Christian nuns and orthodox Church masses (which again force women to cover their hair) are excluded. What hypocrisy and double standards. No? When one says this is a heated discussion in Europe, where is the buzz/kill? The best reasons they can give is people having a sense of discomfort on seeing a vieled woman and revoking memories of 9/11 which is a load of bull-shit. How many burqa-clad women were involved in that relatively trivial incident? It is plain Islamophobia and religious stereotyping at play here and not a clash between religion and progressive secular culture as it is made out to be because if it is about feminism then, no one should be dictating what (not) to wear. At the heart of all of this should be the the right of women to wear what they want. Plain and simple. Maybe it just needs some PR spin. Wear the burqa to be protected from sun and stay fair thereby empowering women because beauty triumphs all. How about an environmental spin saying that wearing hair-covering gear makes men less excitable leading to less sex, less rapes/population. Or perhaps, an economics spin based on less lewd thoughts… Well, you get the drift.

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    6 Comments Add your own

    • 1. Claudia Al Rammahy  |  23 November, 2009 at 21:20

      LoL I agree with your view on this


    • 2. Mona  |  2 June, 2010 at 00:45

      Permission to use your drawing?


      I am a norwegian masterstudent who is writing an article for a magazine based on my thesis on islamic feminism. Your drawing above would be a perfect illustration for my article, so I hereby ask for your acceptance to use that – I will ofcourse refer to your blog and ownership. The article will be printed in a couple of weeks, so please let me know asap if this is not okey for you.

      Best regards,
      Mona Nilsen


    • 3. sriks6711  |  26 June, 2010 at 01:15

      Sure Mona. You can use the drawing. Sorry for the delay. WordPress held back your message for approval. Hope you went ahead and published it for all my work in CC licensed. Have updated the About page.


    • 4. Sophia Baliti  |  9 November, 2012 at 23:22

      Thank You For This Blog, was added to my bookmarks.


    • 5. A writer from the East  |  13 September, 2014 at 22:49

      lol, spot on! LOve you take on this!


      • 6. sriks6711  |  10 March, 2015 at 13:05

        Glad. Happy blogging, Saadia

        Liked by 1 person

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