Why Feminists Should Wear Hijab!

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Yeah,

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I was recently doing reading some like feminist books.

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And there's some really big ones like you know this. Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The second sex and massive book.

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And she's an existentialist. So she goes into detail and she offers like philosophical

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discussions and stuff like that. Now, I'm bringing this up, because nowadays, I think

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the feminist movement is quite a powerful movement, especially after the 1960s. Yeah.

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And there have been many books that have come out from late 60s and those kind of things

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that have shaped, I would say, the legal the social and economic environment in an incredible way. Yeah.

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One of the byproducts of the feminist movement is questioning of certain cultural aspects of other traditions. So let's not forget that feminism was sprouted from like, a Western context, really an American context, if you really think about it. Yeah. So

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combining that with, like, equality and notions of equality, some people will ask, why is it the case that, you know, women have to wear a headscarf? Why was it the case that women have to wear certain clothing?

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These kinds of things? And how is that? Why is that conducive? Isn't that kind of like oppression or these kinds of things?

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So my, I really thought about this, and I was thinking about over and over again. And I was thinking about in a different way. And I'll tell you how I sort of thought about

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feminism, as a, as an ideology is kind of one of the undercurrents of it one of the presumptions of it. One of the assumptions is that women are being oppressed as a patriarchal society, these kinds of notions Oh,

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yeah.

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is a patriarchal society, etc. If you look at the sociological statistics,

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on the kinds of outcall oppression that's going on, from male to female, or how the patriarchy is being exacerbated, or strengthened, yeah. You could, you could sort of tear in different kinds of strengths. You could say there's a economic, there's an economic layer, there is a political layer, there's a domestic layer, there's a social level. One thing that's often overlooked, not always, but it's often overlooked, is sexual objectification and commodification. Yeah.

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Really, and truly, if you look at the contents of most male magazines, you'll find that the majority of the information is presented in those magazines

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is basically the images of women and stuff like that.

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Women are being used, commodified, objectified,

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to promote products to do this to do that. And this in essence, I thought to myself, really, this does nothing about strengthen the patriarchy. Think about it from a feminist perspective. I put myself into the feminist shoes for a second. I said this does nothing but strengthen the patriarchy that feminists, ironically, I'll tell you why. So I don't want to dispel them.

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So you think about prescriptions? Like what would remedy the situation? If you know that you can't trust men, basically, because men are by nature going to want to objectify women commodify them. They've always done that, you know, a full time is historical, you know, you can't trust them. And you know, that men will definitely use female adornment to you know, to enhance the economic experience or their domestic experience of political experience. Doesn't it make sense to protest against, hey, I'm going to sound like a real feminist now for a second. Doesn't it make sense to revolutionary? You know, we can we can become revolutionaries today and protest against male

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domination by covering up because if you think about it as a protest, you're saying no more. I don't want to be looked at in that way. It really is a protest. It really is a stand against patriarchy, exploitation, oppression, commodification objectification. I believe the hijab is the absolute absolute most appropriate prescription for a feminist. But why is it that you will find that feminists, unfortunately, not all of them, I'm not going to generalize, tend to criticize it.

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Okay, fine. There are people that are forced to put it on. There are people that Okay, fine, however, think of it from my angle here. Yeah.

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The patriarchy is being exacerbated as a result.

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As a result of male commodification objectification, you know, the pornography industry? Yes, I'm going to go into a little bit of a taboo topic here. The pornography industry is a trillion dollar industry. And if you look at what these social scientists

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say in regards to it, the majority of it depicts women in a subservient subordinated role. on her knees on groveling things like that she is the literally a slave to the man, right? Which is why this is very, very taboo. And I'm sorry if this sounds explicit,

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even heterosexual women, according to BuzzFeed, they did a what you call it a data statistic on this using Google Analytics, according to BuzzFeed and others. Now, the majority of even heterosexual women are watching homosexual pornography. Why? Because they want to keep away from this image of a man, you know, destroying and you know, putting down the woman and using it. So doesn't it make sense to just completely take away censor this thing? If women are being? And by the way, the door actually, and this sounds completely white sensor, or you sound like the Soviet Union you so

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seriously, think about this for a second? Yeah.

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The United States of America and Congress, they actually ran a report,

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which concluded that

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pornography increases domestic violence. And this was a thing in 1998. It was sometimes they run reports, I remember the name of the report. But they ran the report and said it increases domestic violence and rape. Why because it's that it's normalizing the process of is giving a male, the person the male is giving that person sort of like,

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I need this thing or a feeling of entitlement. Why? Because it's so normalized. Now, I ought to do what this man is doing. So it can actually increase domestic violence, rape, and all these kinds of things, according to the study, having said that,

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I personally believe if you really think about it,

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the feminism or the feminist movement, now has to take a new stance. And you revolutionary Islamic stance, you have to adopt from the Islamic position. Think about it for a second. I know it sounds ridiculous, maybe just

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it might not mesh in your mind, because it just sounds a bit weird. But think about it. If you cover your body, a man cannot look at you. You're stopping him. You're privatizing your adornment.

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You're giving him that entitlement. You're stopping patriarchy, and exploitation and domestic violence, and you're gonna reduce that statistic, and rape, according to those studies.

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So I mean, if the sociological statistics are quite profound in this situation, and they're on our side, the hijab, and by the way, you know, the man is not the same as the woman. It's absolutely patently clear. Men are objectified in the same way as women are objectified. They're just not. And that for that reason, the hijab is exaggerated. You could say, comparative to the man for the woman, it makes perfect sense because they need more, they need more repelling power, the hijab is a power is actually is saying no to people taking advantage of others. And therefore, I actually don't see the problem with you know, this issue, I think some non Muslim see as weakness for Muslim women. I

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think this is incredible strength for Muslim women. absolutely incredible. They don't need to, they don't need to go out there and succumb to societal expectations and become an object of mail.

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You know, imagination.

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And believe me if that woman who's walking in the streets and let's say she's uncovered in a certain way, if she knew what that man was thinking,

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she thinks to herself this man, how dare you think such a thing? You know? I mean, I wouldn't even let him do what he thinks he doesn't want to do with me, if that makes sense.

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Anyways, I hope that answers the question a little bit. Well, you were talking about clothes Yeah.

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Anyways,