Hijab By Choice versus Hijab by Coercion?

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There are two types of hijabs. The difference is huge

Source: The Washington Post

By Masih Alinejad and Roya Hakakian

Masih Alinejad is the author of “The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran” and the founder of the #WhiteWednesdays campaign in Iran. Roya Hakakian is co-founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and author of the memoir “Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran.”

In an interview for the April issue of Vogue Arabia, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said, “To me, the hijab means power, liberation, beauty and resistance.” As two women who once lived with the mandatory hijab in Iran, we hope to bring another perspective to this complex matter by describing our experiences.

There are two vastly different kinds of hijabs: the democratic hijab, the head covering that a woman chooses to wear, and the tyrannical hijab, the one that a woman is forced to wear.

In the first kind, a woman has agency. She sets the terms of her hijab, appearing as ascetic or as appealing as she wishes. She can also wear makeup and fashionable clothing if she likes.

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4 replies

  1. Head coverings were the norm in most of the Christian-Judaic world until recent times, but modernity has changed dress style and head coverings, apart from protection from the weather. It can still be seen in rural Russia and Greece, and some other Orthodox countries, as well as Orthodox Jews, especially when visiting a church or synagogue. In most of the regressive Muslim world, traditional dress and hijabs are compulsory. If that’s what the people in those countries actually want (and many don’t), that’s fine, but when living in non-Muslim countries adapt to some extent, and it’s not difficult and still remain modest, as I would have to when in a Muslim country. A friend living in the UK recently told me that he was having problems with his daughters, both in their late 20s but still at home, one problem being that they walked around the house showing their legs. And I thought that he was a moderate Muslim. Maybe he’s just getting old. But in my opinion crazy! We all have legs, and they serve a purpose, why make such a fuss about showing them? The same applies to hair. Well, women are now mostly wearing trousers, which was frowned upon just a couple of decades ago – by men of course. Sorry, I seem to have gone off track a bit, but it’s all part of the same topic.

  2. Well, actually: When girls walk around at home ‘showing their legs’ then soon they will say ‘why should I cover my legs outside of the house when at home it is ok’. OK, I am getting old too, you can say.

  3. It is interesting that Iran wants to force Hijab on women and often Islamophobic men in the Western countries want to force that off. I think we should use the clothe to make a Burqa for such men, just to cover their face, both in the East or the West. Give them a dose of their own medicine. Lol

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