Hijabs, Burqas, veils, modesty, misogyny and Islam. What do you think?

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I have a dilemma when it comes to the clothing restrictions made on women in Islam.

I do not like it. I think it is misogynistic. I do not believe it is Islamic; it is pre-Islamic. I see it as a process of subordination of women that stems from the Arabic, Abrahamic tradition; straight out of medieval tribalism.

I do not think women should be treated as sex objects. I think they are equal. But they should be allowed to express their sexuality. I do not like repression in any form.

I despise the imposition of dress codes on women and become furious when I read of women being whipped or beaten for not complying.

I feel it is grossly unfair when I see men walking around free to wear what they like while their women are constrained.

I know that some women want to wear these costumes from long ago. They say it gives them confidence and they do not like men’s eyes on them. I can understand that.

I know some women feel that it is a religious duty to comply.

I know that some women wear hijabs that are highly decorative and that it is attractive.

I do not find it so. I find it a symbol of repression, control and un-emancipation. It is like a woman is being forced to wear shackles.

It stinks.

I have enough trouble with the absurdity of religion without the primitive, sexist, misogynistic overtones.

Then I hit the dilemma.

I also believe that people should be free to wear what they like, dress how they like and believe what they like.

I just wish that women in this country would appreciate the plight of their disenfranchised sisters and show a bit of solidarity! We have a culture of equality, tolerance, freedom and democracy.

I believe that costume challenges those values.

So what’s your opinion?

14 thoughts on “Hijabs, Burqas, veils, modesty, misogyny and Islam. What do you think?

  1. I think that that’s a question specifically for Muslim women to answer. Many Muslim feminists wear a veil or head scarf of some kind. I think that we should defer to those women who experience that standpoint to decide what the clothing means for them. As a non-Muslim woman, all I can say is that the Muslim women in the U.S. that I have known who have worn them were very powerful people. They had a passion for social justice and their clothing did not take away from that. I am against beating women for any reason. But many women freely chose to wear the traditional clothing and we have to respect their choices.

    1. Well thanks for that. It is food for thought. I agree with the right to chose and respect and tolerance. I still have a problem with the many of the issues though – the double standards and misogynistic overtones. The imposition stinks.

      1. I would love to hear the Islamic perspective. Do they feel oppressed? Or is that only in sopme countries and cultures? Thanks Ndumiso.

      2. Opher I don’t feel oppressed… mostly because over the years I’ve realized that freedom is a choice, an individual can free themselves… their minds… Just to add my two cents on the topic at hand… I do not advocate sexism or the oppression of women, though I think there’s a thin line between being free and letting go of our roots and traditions…

  2. I think Alex is right. And aside from that, I doubt there would ever be an actual way to find out how many women don’t want to what them anyway. The repercussions of their honesty could get them killed.

  3. I know it seems like it is not their choice and seems misogynistic. I agree with Alex too. Well said, Alex.

    1. I still have the same dilemma. I hate the imposition, double standards and misogyny. I cannot believe how horrible it must be to live in that heat within a full black heavy head to toe covering. On the other hand I have respect and tolerance. I sometimes feel that our tolerance is being exploited.

  4. each human being must have the chanche to choose and the possibility to choose is given from family education and from country education. Monotheism cannot permit this so they creates ignorant slaves with no possibility to understand learn and evolve. We are against any kind of monotheism cos they lie and try to keep people ignorants. A lot muslims women like burka and they are proud of it i mean they are proud about their ignorance and sometimes also stupidity ….

      1. For me education is about questioning, truth and developing tolerance, empathy and respect. If you teach a mind to question it expands.

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