Fault in our community? White feminism?
Who knows, but what ever it is, it’s clear to see that society continues to be obsessed with the female body. It doesn’t really matter that the coin has been flipped.
There is little place for the Muslim women in any community.
Within the restraints of predominantly Muslim countries women are forced into religious dress codes and this form of oppression has become the face of women abuse and even misogyny. Although forcing a women into clothing is deplorable, many fail to realise that forcing her out of clothing is just as bad.
When a muslim women enters a western society, she is forced out of the burka and many main stream feminists seem to forget that once again this. is. Misogynistic.
It isn’t about whether the Muslim women is covered or not. Liberation should be about granting her the choice to make decisions regarding what she wants to wear. Liberation should be about treating her like you would treat any capable human being.
Misogyny and sexism in the muslim world is complex as it questions the status of women even in modern societies.
Objectification begins where a person assumes an authoritative position over another person, treating him or her as an owned commodity. It isn’t “liberating” to drag a women away from her culture, religion and community. Instead it is humiliating and belittling.
The idea that the muslim woman could be liberated by being unveiled is an ignorant and colonialist way of thinking and a misinterpretation of hijab & niqab and it’s significance in Islam.
In Capitalism: A Ghost Story, Arundhati Roy writes about the illogical western narrative of Muslim women. She states:
“When, as happened recently in France, an attempt is made to coerce women out of the burka rather than creating a situation in which a woman can choose what she wishes to do, it’s not about liberating her but about unclothing her. It becomes an act of humiliation and cultural imperialism. Coercing a woman out of her burka is as bad as coercing her into one. It’s not about the burka. It’s about the coercion.”
Its quickly becoming apparent, however that this interpretation of the muslim woman as props or a metaphor does not end at the borders of European countries.
Years ago, the Iranian Pahlavi regime shocked the Muslim world when it attempted to use the law to force women out of traditional and religious clothing.
Today, more and more men are attempting a civilising mission at the expense of women’s bodies.
The idea is that, to take away the hijab would mean to eradicate the underlying gender issues in society.
In 2013 Boushra Almutawake, a Yemeni photographer, received a wave of anger from both the conservative and non-conservative Muslim communities. This came after an exhibition of Boushra’s in which she questioned gender roles and the absurdity of certain elements of niqab and hijab.
Since Boushra is a practicing hijab wearing Muslim women, we are forced to ask why many Muslim men believed that their opinions were worth more than her opinions on a topic that would only impact on her life.
The answers are not easily found but the roots lay deep in the culture of a mother-theresa like era, in which men of colour where treated like dogs and women like dolls.
The silent good muslim women has become a comfortable spot for both nagging westerners and controlling easterners to force the hijab wearer into.
In my opinion society should be less bothered with what muslim women are wearing and more involved in granting muslim women, like Boushra, a platform to express themselves and discuss issues effecting them instead of trying to clothe or unclothe women like two monsters playing with their food thinking they’re doing it a favor.