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Mattwall1 August 9th, 2016 4:16pm

Is the wearing of hijab inherently at odds with women's rights/freedom?

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skinner Wisconsin
08/09/16 2:31 pm

No, it's just a clothing accessory that enhances privacy. There's no reason to infer that it is inherently counter to the interests of women's rights.

redsox95 New England
08/10/16 9:38 am

That they are usually forced to wear by either the government or their husband.

skinner Wisconsin
08/10/16 12:06 pm

I don't think usually is an apt word to use to describe that. Usually people wear the hijab freely as a cultural practice. There are cases where people are forced to wear a hijab or, more plausibly, a burka, and those incidents are deplorable. However, we should not confuse the forced wearing of the hijab, which is inherently oppressive, with the traditional wearing of he hijab, which can be empowering. In a similar respect, purity rings in the West are empowering insofar as women choose to wear them and abide by their pledge. Like many things in the world, the hijab is a good thing insofar as women choose to wear it, which the most common scenario.

skinner Wisconsin
08/10/16 12:07 pm

In fact, in many governments women are forced not to wear veils, which can be oppressive for Muslim women raised to value modesty.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
08/09/16 12:56 pm

It almost certainly is, except in the (presumably) exceedingly rare cases where wearing it is entirely her free choice, without ever having suffered any social pressure to do so, or being indoctrinated to believe doing so is necessary or even more "acceptable" than to not.

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MrMilkdud Pref pronouns Thou Thee
08/09/16 12:56 pm

No. Not if its a choice. Catholic nuns wear habits, which cover about as much as hijabs.

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Liberty Lets Use Logic
08/09/16 12:19 pm

No, no wearing of any particular article of clothing is inherently "pro" or "anti" anything.

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SwedishBeast Honor the roots
08/09/16 12:17 pm

Not if they choose to wear it.

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rons on top of the world MA
08/09/16 11:05 am

No, but making the walk around in a black burka in the dessert heat is pretty bad.

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
08/09/16 11:20 am

But even if forced, it's only sexist if it's unequal, and in many Islamic countries where women are forced to dress conservatively, men do too.