“Hijab” is a fairly generic word used to refer to a veil or covering, rather than a specific item of clothing. Others are referred to more specifically, such as the burka, chador, or niqab.  This varies by region, culture and so on. What does not seem to vary even a little is the controversy that surrounds this topic.

Recently, it was “World Hijab Day” to celebrate the hijab and college campuses around the country observed it with various events. Young women tried on the hijab and offered them to others.

Apparently, this type of ‘cultural appropriation’ is acceptable because it’s meant to be a supportive gesture for women who wear the hijab voluntarily as a symbol of their faith, but dress your dog as Pocahontas and you are literally Hitler.

While we can’t know what Rosie the Riveter would have thought of this particular depiction, you can’t deny that they went all out with snazzy artwork and hashtags.

If the message was simply “Women in hijab are the same as everyone else and want to be treated equally.” I don’t think there would be anything controversial about it. I’m sure we all agree that all women deserve equal rights and treatment both under the law and in society.  Where many people disagree is this notion of ‘choice’.

Veiling was never intended in any way, shape or form to ’empower’ or ‘liberate’ women. This was simply not its intended purpose.

To remind us, there was a counter movement dubbed “No Hijab Day” where women took videos and photos of themselves removing and burning them. There were even a few men who joined in on this one.

Let’s look at what the Quran says about this.

1 – Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, headcover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful”

Whether a woman is actually a follower of Islam in her own beliefs or simply living in a Muslim family and culture, whether in the Middle East or here in the West, IS this a choice? Many people say no, it is not because to refuse could mean anything from shame and disapproval, to being disowned, or even threats of violence/death.

Many former Muslims report that even in the West, their own families cut them off or threatened them with physical harm for ‘coming out’ as an atheist or living a lifestyle deemed too westernized.

What that usually means is, not wearing hijab.

As women in Iran protest their hijab, and former Muslims fight for some measure of respect or equality, companies like Macy’s are celebrating the hijab. They’ve released a “Muslim-friendly” fashion line by a designer named Lisa Vogl, an American convert to Islam who says “like” after every two words and is apparently quite a devoted follower of Linda Sarsour who co-founded The Women’s March and touts Islam as a super feminist religion.

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(From Macy’s new fashion line.)

Liberal feminists have ignored almost completely the plight of women in the Middle East and Africa. One would wonder why, since they claim to be against all forms of oppression, and what they claim exists in America, ‘tyrannical patriarchy’, so you might expect them to be the first and loudest supporters of the Iranian women’s hijab protests, and yet there was silence.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a well-known and highly regarded women’s rights activist, and a survivor of genital mutilation who speaks out against this, and also objects to forced hijab. The feminists have largely ignored her as well.

Why? It seems to be a combination of a few things.

  1. They lack the courage to speak up in any situation where they may sound “Islamophobic.”
  2. Their “Feminist” hero Linda Sarsour is Palestinian.
  3. President Trump recently declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel which angered the Palestinians. (Also, most feminists hate Trump more than they hate oppression)
  4. The line between accepting people of Muslim faith, and Islam itself being misrepresented to the masses (who apparently can’t Google) is badly blurred.

You can see where a western fauxmenist really finds her ass in a sling here.

Which side to choose? The safe, “woke” path of saying nothing at the cost of ignoring actual suffering and oppression in Iran and elsewhere, or, speaking up only to be accused of Islamophobia or of hating Arabs and not caring about the Palestinian plight?

Clearly, they’ve chosen and so have western governments and mainstream media outlets. The narrative is that Islam is all peace, love and rainbows and to say otherwise is to be a bigot of the highest order.

Loreal recently chose a Muslim woman who wears the hijab for shampoo ads. That actually happened. Shortly after the announcement, Amena Khan was forced to step down as old social media posts had been discovered where she’d expressed hatred for Jews and cheered for the death of Israel.

We went from a country of people who vowed to never forget 9/11 to a country that is terrified to criticize Islam the way we feel perfectly free to criticize every other religious ideology.

In the U.K, people are actually being arrested for Facebook posts that insult Islam, or Muslim people. It is not safe to use terms like “rape gangs” to refer to actual rape gangs in the U.K, Germany and France on social media. Trust me, I know and I did not even use any term that brought religion into it.

Many people are quite angry, frustrated and disturbed by what seems to be happening.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rushed to a microphone to loudly denounce an attack on a young girl where her hijab was slashed by a man wielding scissors.

Days later, when the police found it to be an utter falsehood, Trudeau never retracted his statement or issued an apology. He said nothing more about it, period.

The media would rather walk on their nipples than to report anything that might cast Islam in a bad light, even when it means sweeping stories under the rug, ignoring events overseas, or trying to find new ways all the time to sugarcoat violent attacks.

Social media, which has the authoritarian perk of being privately-owned, vigorously censors those who criticize Islam in the form of suspension and banning of accounts.

Western governments seem no more keen to discuss this topic, for even they fear being called names more than they fear the increasing rates of crime and violence stemming from not only conflicts around the world, but the open door immigration policies we see in Europe.

“Grid Girls” were banned, or basically done away with because “Feminists” were offended. This was in the U.K.

Macy’s is pushing “Modesty fashion”.

Canada elected a man who says Isis fighters can be a valuable voice, and we should not call honor killings “barbaric” for this is offensive.

The U.K arrests people for posting about migrant rape gangs, but doesn’t seem nearly as interested in arresting the actual rapists.

Are we seeing a trend here? Censorship of and by the media and social media, and an obvious conditioning in our schools. Personalities like Linda Sarsour, who prey on the young and the stupid, and the complicity of most western world leaders.

I know. It’s hard to imagine our shrill, perpetually-outraged fauxmenists here in the West ever actually accepting Sharia Law as their way of life, even as they seem to be asking for that very thing to be deemed acceptable.

A narrative IS being pushed here though, there can be no mistake about it. Modesty fashion is just modesty culture in a slightly shinier package, and what hides inside the Trojan horse of equality today, may leap out at you as tyrannical patriarchy tomorrow.

Just ask the women of the world for whom it is already too late.

 

Or, the ones who risk their freedom and lives right this moment praying that it is not too late.

 

 

Either way, I’ll take my modesty  in a vintage style dress and pass on the hijab, thank you.

-Rachel

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