The hijab isn’t empowering. It isn’t a woman’s choice. In a of couple countries with Sharia law (I’m looking at you Saudi. You too, Iran.), it’s illegal to take it off. In other countries where it’s not illegal, it’s required in schools as dress code aka girls can’t get an education if they refuse to wear it. It isn’t a choice if you have to do it.
Stating facts isn’t islamophobic. If your religion requires you to never critically think about it then you’re being brainwashed, plain and simple.
I repeat, the hijab is not empowering. Your individual experience of choosing the hijab does not reflect the realities of the millions of girls who are forced to wear it.
Now onto scripture,
And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male servants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed. (24:31)
Can I add that women’s bodies are considered 3awra/’Awrah, which translated literally means defect/flaw? Cute, right? But, hey, in this context, it just means “private parts”!
O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their jilbab over their persons: that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah 33:59)
And women of post-menstrual age who have no desire for marriage – there is no blame upon them for putting aside their outer garments [but] not displaying adornment. But to modestly refrain [from that] is better for them. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (24:60)
(Right, because women with menopause are suddenly and magically immune to sexual assault. Thanks, all knowing Allah.)
The hijab does not “desexualize” a woman. People don’t choose to “be sexualized.” “Being sexualized” doesn’t require you to have an active role in your sexualization. It just requires the other person to look at you in a sexual way, regardless of what you’re wearing.
Some of the highest rates of rape and sexual harassment are in Muslim majority countries, (hey, Egypt and Afghanistan), where the majority of women cover up. Women who wear hijabs and burqas are not suddenly immune to sexual harassment, or rape.
This insinuates people to blame the victims of sexual abuse and rape. Covering up or not will not save you or cause it. Stop victim blaming. The hijab does not protect you from anything. Last time I checked, a bullet cuts clean through a hijab and an abaya. What does the hijab save you from? Abuse? Poverty? Hunger?
Take note Cindy, all you virtue signalling has done is make a mockery of the millions of women who HAVE to wear it.