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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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[–] LadyGlum 4 points (+4|-0)

What about Mormonism, which mandates certain body parts be covered? The WHY of these "choices" women are making is incredibly important. There are some non-Muslim women who would wear a head scarf but I doubt most of them would care if hair was peeking out, and all the other little rules about how it's proper to wear the hijab.

There is a huge difference to wearing "modest" clothing because you don't want people to look (although still, why? If the female form was not hyper sexualized you wouldn't be thinking in those terms?) and wearing clothes that a man centuries ago decided might reduce the amount of men raping women even though it didn't actually work.

[–] Medea 1 points (+2|-1)

So I wonder if a hijab can be a feminist statement sometimes?

The OP already established that there's caveats, and the intention of the wearer is obviously a big one. Coercion through religious and cultural ramifications (strict adherence like you mentioned) is not a feminist justification.

wearing clothes that a man centuries ago decided might reduce the amount of men raping women even though it didn't actually work.

Sex-segregated spaces are intended to reduce the risk of assault, too, and they're not fool-proof. Yet these spaces are protected by radical feminist thought (if women weren't subjugated, you wouldn't be thinking in those terms?) We live in a hypersexual society where men take creepshots and up-skirts of strangers on the street; yes, dressing modestly is not fool-proof but it can act as defiance against hypersexualisation.