Following the international hijab day, I’ve been really thinking about the hijab and how it is interpreted around the world, and I have noticed it a lot more everywhere, but not in the usually expected places.
The first thing to clarify, is that a hijab is nothing else but a scarf worn around the head. It seems people tend to think it has to be specifically one size or one shape. You can wear any sort of scarf.
Well this is funny, just as I was typing the sentence above, my neighbour came in to ask my husband for help with a blown fuse. I am still wearing my scarf from prayer and so he said
‘ oh I like your… what do you call it? ‘
I replied ‘Headcarf’
‘Headscarf really? It’s not got another name…?’
‘Yeah, headscarf, hijab, however you want to call it’
Talk about good timing, right?
So anyway, headscarves have increasingly been associated with extremism, oppression and intolerance. So I wanted to make a point with a few pictures.
What is your first though when seeing this young lady? Terrorist?
And how about this beautiful soul? A women oppressed by her husband?
Humm.. And this woman, surely she is one of those who doesn’t how beautiful it is to be a woman, covering herself like that.
And these three, what are they? Covered in bin bags ?
I mean poor poor women, not educated, not allowed to speak or to even work?
How about this one? Stuck at home all day cooking and cleaning right?
I think you are can see my point now.
Covering your head is only ever seen as a sign of oppression and extremism when related to Islam, when women from around the world, throughout history and with different fashions have covered their heads and been giving any grief for it.
There needs to be more tolerance towards those choosing modesty as a fashion. The media must take on that now, enough of showing us skimpy pictures only, most women in the UK don’t want to wear skimpy clothes.
Stop trying to incite young ones to wear underwear in the street, seriously, you have to cater for all tastes if you are part of the media.
Well, I have to go and pray now, but I do hope to see a shift in fashion soon, last year maxi dresses were in fashion, which was great, but let’s hope that ladies who don’t like showing off too much skin can still be represented in fashion and media.