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The headscarf, the symbol of identity, or the symbol of oppression?

Aug 29, 2019

If we simply look at the headscarf with civilized VS barbaric, we will have a lot of things that we don't understand. After all, there are a large number of Muslims in the West. They grow up in a free and democratic environment, but many of them wear headscarves. The pressure of family or religion alone cannot fully explain this resurgence.


A few years ago, France prohibited Muslims from wearing headscarves at school and exposed this contradiction to the public. On the one hand, feminists believe that Hijab and Burka are suppressing women's human rights. If it is not explicitly prohibited, the female Muslims in France will not take the initiative to take off. A woman of Islamic origin voluntarily puts it on, because it is an oppressed performance because the family is forced to wear it. This argument does make sense, but there are many female Muslims who stand up against it and say: I am willing to wear it. This is my freedom. Do I have no right to choose my dressing method? If you force me to take off my headscarf, what is the difference between those who force me to wear them? But do you wear a dagger to get a pose, in addition to satisfying the man's sneak peek, what good is it?

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(The reaction of many Muslims on the Internet to Dissel's advertisements shows the complex attitude of the Muslim world to the headscarf problem.)


This counter-question point is a flaw in the anti-headscarf movement, revealing the difference in understanding of the same thing between different cultures.


In Europe, many Muslims began to regard the headscarf as a symbol of self-symbolism, a means of fighting for their own Muslim identity and Islamic faith. Especially in the context of the growing contradictions between Islamic conservative forces and European and American secularism, ordinary Muslim women are also willing to use this dress to express their recognition of their own beliefs. After the "911" incident, many women even deliberately brought a headscarf to show their pride in the belief in Islam. In the movie "Paris, I Love You", the Muslim girl Zaka told the French boy: "When I wear a scarf, I feel that I have faith, identity, this feeling is good, it is also beautiful. No one forced me, it was my own choice..." This line is obviously a collective sentiment of European Muslims. Why should I wear clothes like you? Is nakedness free, and cover is oppression?