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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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[–] Avadavat 5 points (+5|-0)

I'm uncomfortable with the idea that the hijab might be empowering...after all, there are conservative Islamic countries where the wearing of the hijab and even more conservative clothing is strictly enforced in public. I am comfortable with the idea, however, of examining whether more loose-fitting clothing or even clothing that covers more skin can be liberating. German gymnasts, I believe, are starting to wear less revealing body suits...suits that resist the sexual objectification of female athletes.

[–] Dionaea 1 points (+1|-0) Edited

I agree. I think the important difference is that a hijab and similar accessories/garments are strictly for women while the gymnasts' unitards are simply akin to the standard gymnastics uniform for men. It's similar for looser clothes: They're pretty normal for men. Basically, the latter two things are about allowing women to do something that is acceptable for men to do while the first imposes something specifically on women.