Sunday, February 19, 2012
Food for thought:
I am mainly discussing hidžab, NOT to be confused with nikab. There is a difference. I am presuming some level of choice.
I am sure you realize that nikab CAN be a choice. I am sure you realize hidžab (the wearing of a scarf) CAN be a choice.
I am sure you also realize that less clothing can be a choice, or it CAN be FORCED.
If you live somewhere like East London where wearing the niqab is reasonably common you will be aware that the refusal of the basic premise of free mutual identification has a negative impact on the social environment.
The poster is deliberately misleading. The person who devised it knew very well that it is the niqab which provokes hostile reactions rather than the hijab (at least in my experience in the UK) and chose not to complicate their message by not depicting it.
In the US social enforcement is much more likely to be about hidžab as a result. Nikab is not even a requirement!
It's worth noting that nikab doesn't even have it's origins in Islam. The origins of Nikab are actually much older.