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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?

59 comments

[–] overandout 7 points (+9|-2)

I think it can be in Western society where 'modest dress' can be looked upon with derision. I have met a few women like this who wear veils because they believe their bodies are not for public consumption.

It seems a bit hypocritical to me to laud Billie Ellish's previous style and then say that hijab is wrong. Of course hijab comes with the attendant problems of coercion, religious attitudes towards women and other issues. But the mere act of veiling is no different than wearing baggy clothes or other things to de-emphasize your body.

[–] maypelsyrup 6 points (+6|-0)

It seems a bit hypocritical to me to laud Billie Ellish's previous style and then say that hijab is wrong.

baggy clothes aren't the same as covering your hair, neck, any skin of your legs, most of your arms, as well as your body shape.

And being at risk of a beating or having acid thrown in your face if you’re not wearing it “correctly”.

[–] overandout 2 points (+2|-0)

It's still covering or obscuring parts of your body due to the male gaze.

[–] Medea 2 points (+3|-1)

Why not? What's deemed "too much" modesty vs "too much" provocation?

[–] maypelsyrup 1 points (+1|-0)

What's deemed "too much" modesty

When you can't wear clothing showing any limbs or simply uncover layers of scarves on your head in hot weather without being thought of as immodest