When men wear tight T-shirts to show off their muscles, for instance, they are going against the Islamic notion of modesty, as an article for Islamic Insights titled “The Hijab of Men” put it.
Some women wear hijab but don’t pray regularly or fast during Ramadan.
Many Muslim women do not cover their hair but regularly pray and fast.
“Please don’t celebrate it.” Gap’s 2018 back-to-school campaign featured a girl wearing hijab, earning a rebuke from Lydia Guirous, a spokeswoman for French political party Les Républicains, who tweeted, “I have denounced several times the rise in power of the veil imposed on little girls, which is a form of abuse and a trampling of our values.” But the notion that wearing a headscarf is inherently oppressive ignores the agency of the person who dons it.
Third-wave feminism holds that women should get to choose which practices are best for them without having to contend with anybody else’s expectations.
Some wear it because it is the normal practice in their family or community.
Some women find it an effective way to insulate themselves from the self-esteem challenges of the fashion industry.
From hijabi Barbie to the hijabi emoji, the Muslim headscarf is now ubiquitous.
For some, a woman with her hair covered or her face veiled evokes victimhood and a system of domination, or perhaps exoticism (think of the real-life and theatrical versions of “Not Without My Daughter”).
And at the genesis of the hijab discussion, the Quran commands men to not stare at women and to not be promiscuous.” Five myths is a weekly feature challenging everything you think you know.
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