No one in the world has swagger like us.
In response to Lady Gaga’s heinous and miserable attempt to appropriate the burqa. It’s disrespectful to muslim women who actually do wear the burqa and no, she’s not doing anything for us by wearing it in a very sexualized manner in the name of fashion. There is nothing that will justify what she did and how she did it. This is REAL burqa swag.
Sorry. I can’t hear you over the sound of how much your religion hates anyone with a vagina.
That’s actually funny considering that in the pre-Islamic era, in the Arab societies, the women were deprived of the most basic human rights that is required for human existence. The practice of female infanticide was widely practiced among some of the Arab tribes. The first and foremost contribution that Islam made to elevating the social status of the Arab women was to give them the right to live. Islam forbade this inhumane practice and was highly critical of the attitudes allowing parents to reject their female children. Islam viewed the practice as a crime and murder. When women were nothing but chattel and property in places that are considered “modern” today like England and France, Muslim women were being given the right to inherit, divorce, work, keep their own money as well as spend their husbands, 1400 years ago in the deserts of Arabia. Why would a “misogynistic and patriarchal” religion care about these innocent baby girls? Why would Islam tell us that our mothers are the most respected figures in our lives after God and the Prophet? Muslim female scholars argue that most wrongs committed against women in the strictest countries of the Muslim world are not based on the Quran. It is based on local culture, traditions, political repression, illiteracy and poverty. Which can probably be said the same for your ~accepting and free~ western societies as well. Learn your stuff before you spew some stuff you probably learned from Pamela Geller.
Given what passes off as commentary on Muslim women, over the years I developed a system whereby I determine whether an article is worth my time. The main things I check are:
- The headline -If I spot a veil pun, chances are that I’ll close the tab immediately
- The summary - you can expect an article to continue going further downhill if the summary relies on dichotomous divisions, propagates stereotypes, dilutes identities, etc.
- The byline - chances that I’d read an article decrease exponentially if the you describe yourself as a a “reformist” or if your only claim to expertise is a book that no one’s ever read
- The accompanying photo - because sometimes a picture does tell a thousand words
- The final paragraph - if the conclusion is remotely intriguing or piques my interest, I might be willing to look past the other shortcomings.
There are of course other things to consider such as where the article was published, how I came across the article and so on. And I’m sure most of us have our versions of the “Read It or Leave It” test.
Which brings us to the purpose behind this post; I encountered an article that miserably fails my ‘Read It or Leave It’ test.
Although the use of the burqa, niqqab, and hijaab have been used to oppress women throughout history, I personally know many women who have made the choice on their own to wear it for religious reasons. These women still drive cars, attend university, aspire to become doctors and engineers. For them, it is as natural as wearing a cross or star of David around their neck. We need to stop associating Islam with oppression and misogyny.