Completely willing to bet I’m going to lose followers that I really like.
There are many things in this text that I agree with. Let me start by stating my position regarding this discussion, as the original poster so admirably did. I am a western, white, non-Muslim feminist. My gender identity is a bit unclear at the moment, but I am seen as a woman. I do not claim to understand Islam and I will warmly welcome any corrections on my knowledge (or assumptions) about this or any other religion. I’m trying to be a part of this discussion and if you feel that it is not my place, please say so and I will not continue. I understand that it is risky to talk about the hijab and covering a woman’s body when I’m not a Muslim, but I feel that if groups of people only talk amongst themselves, it takes longer to build discussion between different groups.
I respect a person’s choise to wear the hijab and I believe it is, or can be, a feminist statement. The point in which my thoughts differ from those of the original poster is this: “How in the world is it that giving men exactly what they want (an uncovered woman), feminism? How is that empowering? Immediately men aren’t looking at your eyes, at your mind, to see how deep the oceans in your conciousness go, but at your body - you’re physical manifestation and it only increases the fetishization of the female body over the female mind in society that has existed for eons.”
The problem I see in this statement (and please let me say that it is my opinion and might be due to my misunderstadings or ignorance) is that it still defines women and women’s actions through the eyes of men. It leaves the responsibility of not being treated as an object to the women, not the ones who are doing the objectification. It states that women should help the men to see them as human beings with minds and conciousnesses by covering their body. It doesn’t challenge the long fetishization of womens’ in itself, but offers a solution that makes less visible the highly sexualized body of a woman.
The other point I wanted to make is that women don’t dress only for men. Often, their style of dressing has nothing to do with men. Thus, wearing little clothing may be of personal importance to a woman or express their identity. In this case, the woman should not face a reality in which they are only respected if they dress in a way that doesn’t express their identity. Today, they often do, but I feel that feminism should be changing this reality.
The way I see it (again, from my very limited point of view) is that there are higher structures to be deconstructer. Wearing a hijab can be a feminist statement, but wearing little clothing can be one as well. Expressing your identity through your clothing and showing that you choose how other people see your body or do not see it, is a part of feminism to me. The right to be treated as a human being should not depend on your clothing, and the obligation to treat every human being with respect should be so deep in all our cultures that we do not need to demand it.
The hijab may well become a symbol of a new feminism. I see that it is a strong statement about women’s right to their own bodies. But I sincerely hope that this new feminism will demand that the constructions that make the clothing of a woman such a big deal, are deconstructed.
I hope I haven’t made a complete fool of myself. :) I’d love to hear anyone’s thoughts.
So, the heterosexuals are on the swingset, swinging back and forth like most people do.
And then there are the homosexuals swinging, like, side to side or something.
The bisexuals are sort of alternating between the two, and the pansexuals are just twisting their swing up in a knot and crashing into everyone like “fuck the police i do what i want”
And then the asexuals are just chilling out in the sandbox all alone, like: HEY GUISE, LOOK AT THE CASTLE I MADE GUISE, LOOK GUISE IT HAS A MOTE. GUISE. LOOK.
Snrk. I know I’ve seen this before but it hasn’t stopped being entertaining.
This is the best thing I’ve read all day.
Its telling that my favorite thing to do on a swing is spin in circles :D
My favourite thing is leaping out of swings at their apex swinging although I stopped doing it after the trip to hospital with a bleeding head and amnesia around the event. Somehow, I think all of that is telling. :P
I don’t know whether or not this is necessary, but I figured better safe than sorry, so I’m putting a tw on this for vague (not explicit) talk of menstruation, moderately explicit body hate language that is very specific and thorough, hinting at urges for SI brought on by an abusive situation, and overall depression.
I use gendered language in bits because this is my experiences, and the persons referenced in those experiences were cis male.