artificialities replied to your text post
I have known a lot of women who wear hijab by choice, as something meaningful and/or empowering to them. (& others who didn’t.) It’s a really, REALLY complicated subject, tied up in a lot of questions of colonialism & westernization & secularization.
I mean, I don’t know what you learned really, obviously, but based on what you say here (& what I have seen in other people): yeah, I am pretty certain you got a very one-sided & oversimplified view of it in school.
Yeah, no that’s really interesting. I want to know more about this issue. I’ve just realized how one-sided the discourse has been so far — and while I know it’s not always by choice for all women everywhere, a lot of the time, especially in the west, it must be. It’s unfortunate that the topic is so politicized - in Europe at least.
I’ve heard that some women who dress more traditionally feel liberated because they feel valued as people, not sexual objects, and I certainly can understand that sometimes covering up does make you feel freer, (as someone who wears long skirts and frequently leggings under them, though not for religious reasons.) I really would like to learn more … but I guess — because it’s so political I was always afraid to ask…
Also these sound like really interesting class discussions! Awesome. :D And yay for being almost done — I hope done done comes very soon.
Thanks! I’ll be done with the hard stuff as soon as I finish the poli sci paper. Then it’s just a (not very hard) exam and then grading my students’ exams. A week from now I should be basically there :)