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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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[–] crispycherrypie 42 points (+42|-0) Edited

It can never be feminist because the whole point is that women are a temptation to men and must therefore be covered.

Choice “feminism” cannot be feminism as it focuses on the individual and not women as a class.

[–] ellienoire 6 points (+6|-0) Edited

Exactly. Whether she chooses to wear a bikini to appeal to the male gaze or wears a hijab to hide from it - the problem isn’t her choice. The problem is that men will sexualize her no matter what she’s wearing because she’s nothing but an object to them. This isn’t even touching the misogynist cultural views of which parts of a woman’s body are inherently “sexual” and “titillating”