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liberal feminism celebrates women, who sexualize their bodies for the male gaze. Some feminists disagree with that (so do I). So I wonder, if a hijab can be a feminist statement sometimes? If the woman wears it as protection against gross looks from men and/or statement against the constant objectification and sexualitation of the woman? Most Religions are misogynist, I know, but if that‘s her personal reality and if that‘s how she chooses to protect herself, isn’t that like a radical feminist woman, recognizing patriarchy as a reality and covering herself, not because of religious reasons, but her feminist values. I mean, women in both cases cover themselves and the root cause is misogyny, so why do people see a difference with a hijab?

liberal feminism celebrates women, who sexualize their bodies for the male gaze. Some feminists disagree with that (so do I). So I wonder, if a hijab can be a feminist statement sometimes? If the woman wears it as protection against gross looks from men and/or statement against the constant objectification and sexualitation of the woman? Most Religions are misogynist, I know, but if that‘s her personal reality and if that‘s how she chooses to protect herself, isn’t that like a radical feminist woman, recognizing patriarchy as a reality and covering herself, not because of religious reasons, but her feminist values. I mean, women in both cases cover themselves and the root cause is misogyny, so why do people see a difference with a hijab?

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[–] edieandthea 8 points (+8|-0)

I dare you to ask any women in a hijab if she feels like an empowered free woman wearing it. I grew up around quite a few Muslim women and the average answer would be “if I don’t wear this my father will withdraw me from college / my husband will threaten me / my family will not speak to me.” I knew a few Muslim women who would still have physical safety, a family, and a job if they choose not to wear hijab. For them it is a choice but (in my area at least) usually not.

[–] bellatrixbells 2 points (+2|-0)

Some of them argue that they are more respected when they wear it, but the ones I've heard arguing this were very young and lived in areas where people are uncomfortable with religion.

I suspect the additional respect they perceived was actually people walking on eggshells around them for fear of being perceived as racist...