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    "‘World Hijab Day’ insults millions of women and girls"


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    What's it say? How does it insult them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhea View Post
    What's it say? How does it insult them?
    Her argument is that it insults those women who are forced to wear the hijab (e.g. in Iran). She suggests that women outside of such countries would do a better job of showing solidarity by rejecting the custom and removing their hijab.

    There's a bit of discussion about it on the Wiki page that elaborates on her position:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Hijab_Day

    Criticism of the event

    In December 2015, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa titled "As Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the hijab in the name of interfaith solidarity".[4] They say that the event spreads the "misleading interpretation" that the head covering is always worn voluntarily, and that "hijab" purely means headscarf.

    In his own opinion piece published in 2017, Maajid Nawaz references the earlier Nomani & Arafa article and describes the event as "worse than passé," suggesting that the name be changed to "Hijab is a Choice Day".[5]
    In 2018, Canadian human-rights campaigner Yasmine Mohammed started a #NoHijabDay campaign in response, to celebrate the women who have defied social censure and the state to remove the hijab.[6] She says
    No Hijab Day is a day to support brave women across the globe who want to be free from the hijab. Women who want to decide for themselves what to wear or what not to wear on their heads. Women who fight against either misogynist governments that will imprison them for removing their hijab or against abusive families and communities that will ostracize, abuse and even kill them.[7]
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    Please add an explanation next time you post a video OP. Some members (like Rhea) can't readily view video, plus video has a low information density (compared to text) which means we might not bother pressing play unless we have some indication of why it's worth watching. (I skimmed it with closed captions turned on.)

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    When will the tides turn? Women who can choose to wear it and chooses to take it off will be praised. When will the tides turn? If the show of solidarity strengthens and more and more woman with the choice to wear it chooses to take it off in global support, praises will be heard the world over. When will the tides change? When will the choice to wear it by those that want to wear it be ridiculed for their lack of support? And the tides will start to change.

    How long before the choice to wear it and the wearing of it becomes topsie-turvie and be viewed in a light that those that wear it will be seen as support for traditions of old where they once had no choice? To those that feel it a badge of honor to wave their head-holding flag will be dismissed by the views of our future generation —with minds being filled by the negative.

    Moving in a positive direction is a good thing, and the possibility of a bad thing around the corner is no great reason not to venture out in pursuit of the good, but a warning advisory should be issued and not go unforgotten.

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    Religion is waning -- in some parts of the world. Not so much the Islamic world. It's around for the long haul. The climate disasters that are coming will give religions a lot more opportunity to present feckless anodynes to the masses, IMO. A lot of people, including a lot of women in Islam, embrace the chains that hold them.

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    Some women actually do wear it by choice. That's something few on my side of the issue will acknowledge. I'm very strongly anti-religious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhea View Post
    What's it say? How does it insult them?
    It says, "Hey, let's celebrate how wonderful this instrument of misogyny and oppression is, created by men to control women."

    The fact that some women "choose" to wear it after being brainwashed since birth to accept the mental disease that is Islam and to identify the hijab as being a good Muslim, doesn't in any way reduce that fact that it is a weapon of subjugation. If people born into slavery felt "naked" without their shackles would we have a "World shackles day" to celebrate how great shackles are?

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