Monday, February 05, 2018

The Stigma of the Hijab

This is not as compelling and attention getting news as the publication of the FISA report, but it is quite as important. The FISA memo release reveals as much about former President Barack Obama as it does about Hillary Clinton and the DNC and former FBI director James Comey and all his munchkin plotters.

Last Monday, February 1st, was World Hijab Day. The event was celebrated chiefly by cosmetics firms in ads in magazines and newspapers to prove that they have no prejudice against Muslim garb. And, in fact, they think it’s a good idea. They are willing to incorporate the hijab into standard fashion development. The ads were the most visible evidence of the cosmetics companies’ submission to Islam (which means in Arabic, submission, that fact cannot be overemphasized). Ads that promoted hair coloring or conditioning featured models in hijabs but no visible hair (but lots of eye-liner, mascara, lipstick, and other face-enhancing make-up), but the hair was hidden by prominently air-brushed hijabs.

Then, you may ask, what was it these firms were selling? What does one see in the ads? It wasn’t just the hijab.  It was the imperative to accept the hijab as an item of Western feminine dress. It is but pushing acceptance of the Muslim version of the babushka. One guesses that sooner or later these same companies will push for acceptance of the burqa. In the U.S. meanwhile, Clarion reported:

In Florida, a table at the University of Central Florida, was protested because someone complained about it.  Clarion reported:

A Muslim student at the University of Central Florida tried to get a fellow student expelled for criticizing the activities of World Hijab Day on campus.

When Kathy Zhu noticed a “try on a hijab” booth on campus under the banners of “My hijab empowers me” and “My hijab is a symbol of understanding,” she took offense and snapped a picture of the booth.

Later, she posted the picture and tweeted, “There’s a ‘try a hijab on’ booth at my college campus. So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”

After news of the tweet got around, one of the Muslim students working in the booth, tried to start a movement to get Zhu expelled from the university.

Protestors of the tent have campaigned to get the student, Kathy Zhu, who reported the “Try a Hijab” table. Outcome as of this date is unknown.

Women in Iran protesting having to wear the hijab have gotten shamefully little press in the West. Western “feminists” are noticeably absent in any endorsement of the Iranian women’s actions.  Many of these women were arrested and jailed, in prisons notorious for rape, torture, and starvation.  One has reportedly been released, but her condition is unknown. The woman in the video, Vida Movahed, was arrested and held for weeks but was recently freed, reported CNN.

Wearing the hijab anywhere, and especially in Iran, is a sign of submission (what else?) to  Islam and Sharia law. In Iran, many women pretend that their hijabs fall off or are blown off by the wind. 29 women arrested and have disappeared into the Revolutionary Guard’s notorious X prison, fates unknown. Probably many more were arrested than 29. No word from Western “feminists,” not a word of support or recognition that these women even existed.

But men have the upper hand in any male-female relationships, civil or private.

Men have authority  over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

Apparently, a whole family’s women wore the hijab, including the victim of the crime. The death of a 9-year-old girl caused by her “humble” father did not make a difference, whether or not she wore a hijab.  But in most Muslim countries, wearing the hijab is no guarantee that a woman will not be attacked, raped, or killed. This is especially true in Pakistan.

The Koran could just as well have reported another bit of Mohammad’s alleged wisdom:

“If you make yourself alluring, you are tempting men to abuse you. Wear the hijab, do not make yourself alluring and tempting, cover yourself from head to toe. If you make yourself alluring, and are attacked, it is your fault.”

A German state ad pushing Islamic garb.
Message: Get used to it.
But the hijab is not hiding her blonde tresses.
Muslim men cannot control themselves. Their libidos govern their urges. To them, rape is as meaningful as emptying the bladder.  It is also meaningful in the sense of that forcing a woman – Muslim or non-Muslim – to submit. It’s all about Islam, the political attribute of Islam.

The hijab hasn’t even an Islamic origin. It predates Islam by at least a thousand years. Wikipedia has an informative history of the “veil”:

In the Qur'an, the term 'hijab' refers to a partition or curtain in the literal or metaphorical sense. The verse where it is used literally is commonly understood to refer to the curtain separating visitors to Muhammad's house from his wives' lodgings. This had led some to argue that the mandate of the Qur'an to wear hijabs applied to the wives of Muhammad, and not women generally.

Available evidence suggests that veiling was not introduced into Arabia by Muhammad, but already existed there, particularly in the towns, although it was probably not as widespread as in the neighboring countries such as Syria and Palestine.  Similarly to the practice among Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Assyrians, its use was associated with high social status.[  In the early Islamic texts, term hijab does not distinguish between veiling and seclusion, and can mean either "veil" or "curtain.”

A Cover Girl hijab ad
Veiling did not originate with the advent of Islam. Statuettes depicting veiled priestesses precede all major Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), dating back as far as 2500 BCE. Elite women in ancient Mesopotamia and in the Byzantine, Greek, and Persian empires wore the veil as a sign of respectability and high status. In ancient Mesopotamia, Assyria had explicit sumptuary laws detailing which women must veil and which women must not, depending upon the woman's class, rank, and occupation in society. Female slaves and prostitutes were forbidden to veil and faced harsh penalties if they did so. Veiling was thus not only a marker of aristocratic rank, but also served to "differentiate between 'respectable' women and those who were publicly available."

On a subjective note, the veils worn by Greek, Roman, and Persian women were intended to be complimentary adornments, aside from the purpose of identifying a woman[s social rank. The Muslim hijab, however, creates what I call ugly “fat faces” which no amount of make-up can correct.

The hijab is but a symbol of a measure of Western submission to a distinctly non-Western ideology, and a viral one if one ingests into a culture.

The hijab is a stigma of submission, a personal stigmata worn by any woman who cares about her identity as a free woman, but is willing to compromise it in exchange for an “odor of Islamic sanctity.”

1 comment:

Edward Cline said...

A friend wished to post this comment, but was unable to:

The braindead women loudly promoting this perversion of the fact of Islamic misogyny deserve to be stripped to their thongs and horsewhipped down the main street of town like rented mules. The ones who are incorporating this into fashion and cosmetic promotions are not, of course, stupid. They are amoral, venal, and hypocritical. Now, usually I advocate lowering women like this from helicopters into the main square of Tehran, Cairo, Islamabad, or Riyadh on a Friday just as the Mussie men -- the ones who can't control their "urges" -- are let out from prayers. But because of their callous and cruel indifference to the oppression of women in countries where the hijab is required, I just don't think they deserve to get the damn helicopter ride.