Source: Teen Vogue
By Mariam Ansar
In celebration of Muslim Women’s Day on March 27, Teen Vogue is highlighting the real stories of Muslim women. In this op-ed, Mariam Ansar talks about the problem with the recent European Union court ruling that employers can ban hijabs in the workplace.
“C’mon.” My friend nudges my knee with hers as we sit, hijab-less, on her bed. “Have you ever thought about taking it off?”
She doesn’t mean taking it off in the way that we do as soon as we get home, sliding keys into locks and fabrics off our heads as we close the door on the outside world, the way that we just did. She means it in a different way. The way that most Muslim woman have turned over in their heads at least once, musing over the meaning of what it means to cover our hair and how we, as those who have chosen to wear the hijab, deal with it. I grip the gray piece of cloth that had covered my hair, now simply covering the crossing of my legs, with the tips of my fingers, rolling it between them as though maybe it’ll say something about itself if I do that.
“Doesn’t it annoy you that the world keeps talking about this?” I say after rolling my eyes at her. I gesture at the space between us. “Including me and you?”