Not "a symbol of oppression" but "a representation of culture and choice"
Naomi Wolf, self-styled infidel-defender-of-the-hijab seems to be influencing other infidel women about the wonders of Islamic wear. The problem, however, is when non-Muslims, as this writer, begin conflating the logic for wearing the hijab with everything else Islamic.
"Modesty in dress has real value for women," by Stephanie Floyd for Fredericksburg.com, September 28:
In the Sept. 7 article titled "Cover-up: Of Muslim women and Western fashion," Naomi Wolf states that we as a nation need to understand that the Islamic way of dressing is not intended to suppress sexuality, but to embody "a strongly developed sense of its appropriate channeling--toward marriage and the bonds that sustain family life."Indeed, what could she?
I admit I used to be one of the people who looked away awkwardly when approaching a Muslim woman dressed in veils. Because to this veiled woman, who was I? A promiscuous hellion raising chaos in my arm-baring shirts, that's who.
After all, what could a conservative woman covered, quite literally, from head to toe have in common with me?
After reading Wolf's article, I understand that it's this kind of attitude that has led people astray, and I thoroughly agree with Wolf when she says we must get over our "Islamophobia."What a profound jump! From talking about Muslim women's attire to insisting that we stop "fearing" an ideology that unambiguously condemns, wages war on, subjugates, and treats as inferior all those who do not subscribe to it. Agreeing to the hijab is one thing; agreeing to the jihad something entirely different.
We have to start accepting women's veils or chadors, not as a symbol of oppression, but as a representation of culture and choice.Again, whatever plausibility these observations may have, they have nothing to do with those other issues -- jihad, dhimmitude, sharia -- that do lead to "Islamophobia."
To say wearing more revealing clothing represents freedom is ridiculous, especially when a woman might choose to dress more conservatively to feel comfortable.
Muslim women declare that their chadors liberate them from "intrusive Western stares."
With young women in our nation shamelessly flaunting themselves these days, it leaves little to the imagination--which, as Wolf says, actually reduces libido in men.
So while covering up may symbolize culture or religion for Muslims, maybe a modicum of modesty for us Western gals wouldn't be such a bad idea, either.
Why stop there? Maybe wife-beating (Koran 4:34) and polygamy (Koran 4:3) wouldn't be such bad ideas either for you "Western gals"? (Just providing the logical extension of these observations, not my own opinion, mind you.)