Hijab-ifying the Lolita Look

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  • Cindy

    I dont like the name Lolita Look. Lolita is a novel about a man sleeping with a child. Yech.

    • Bruh

      Lolita fashion has nothing to do with the novel.

  • Mariam

    This article was disappointing. I am an avid news reader, and I decided to switch to more Muslim-friendly content by giving up sites such as Jezebel and XOJane. There is so much garbage on those sites. Seeing this article made me cringe. Really Lolita??? The author editors, and fashion blogger have no idea what Lolita is about. I completely agree with the comment by Cindy below me. I do not want to be the haram and halal police, but please promote content that is reflective of Islam. This article was a bad choice on the Editor’s part.

    Frankly, it is ridiculous to dress up like this Muslim or not. Why does a woman need to go around wearing children’s and doll clothes?? Just another way to objectify women and further silence our voices.

    • Cindy

      @Mariam: exactly right. The name Lolita is chosen for this style for one reason alone-the novel and the concept behind it.

      • Claire O’Connor

        I do not wish to be rude, but you do have some misconceptions about Lolita fashion. It is merely a type of street fashion that originated in Japan, despite its name. The fashion has nothing to do with the novel at all. Lolitas do not associate themselves with the book and consider it to be an unfortunate coincidence. In fact the fashion is not based around “children’s clothes” but rather is inspired by french rococo fashion, and also victorian fashion. It is based around modesty and the beautiful detailing of the garments. It is a fashion for fashion’s sake and nothing more. I can understand why you might accidentally associate it with something bad, but I can assure you it has no relation to the book whatsoever.

        • Jekyll

          What does the girl look like? A CHILD, okay. It’s seems to work like this ‘when feminists want it to be fashion, ti’s ‘modest fashion’. When they want it to be ‘exploitation’ then it is so as well?

          • Claire O’Connor

            Well I’ve never seen a child dress like that. Again, lolita is not made to resemble children’s clothing. It takes inspiration from eras of decadence and frills, such things that have died out in modern fashion. Its point is to be feminine, girly and extravagant. Nothing childlike at all.

          • Jekyll

            Yeah sure whatever you say…just imagine if a guy was behind this so called fashion trend?

          • Claire O’Connor

            well, there wasn’t a guy behind it. It was not created by any one person, it started as a fashion subculture of girls in japan who wanted to do something different from the popular fashion at the time. They wanted more modesty and cuteness. I’m literally just stating the truth about its origins, so there’s no need to be so cynical.

    • Jekyll

      There some good stuff here on this website regarding pornography and racism and exploitation of women, but then they ruin it by trash like this. Yeah you really think no guy is going to see this? You can’t lower the male gaze when you stick trashy dolls like this in ppl’s face.

      • Seekaii

        Meanwhile you have guys in tank tops and Bermuda shorts and that doesn’t cause nearly as much controversy

        • Jekyll

          Don’t equate male & female sexuality

          • Seekaii

            Lol wut? Tbh I’ve read some of your posts and they all come out as misogynist.

          • Jekyll

            No, they don’t. It’s just a throwing point for femenistas to call anything they disagree with a sexist misogynist etc. Used so often they have lost their values.

          • Seekaii

            Well, considering I don’t quite identify with feminism because of lack of intersectionality, etc. it’s safe to say that isn’t true. But I’ve noticed that as soon as a woman (or man for that matter) call out sexism they get labeled as feminazis. It doesn’t take a feminist to see blatant misogyny.

            We are instructed to drop our gazes to the opposite sex despite what they’re wearing. Like men are to drop their gazes even if a woman is half naked I am expected to drop my gaze if a man is topless. For some reason that’s gotten lost to some people especially men who don’t think they have to take responsibilities for their actions.

          • Jekyll

            Intersectionality is just another trope of western feminism itself; it still has it’s roots in feminism despite the color adage. And misogyny is a contempt and or hatred of women, which I know I do not have and think most so called sexists do not have too, but one get’s labelled one anyway because that is a foundational paradigm of feminism.

            Yes lower the gaze works both ways, yet I disagree, it is often women who have rendered the ills of no responsibility whatsoever for their actions.

          • Seekaii

            So what are you arguing? Bottom line you’re supposed to lower your gaze regardless of if a woman is wearing. That’s it there’s no arguing around that. Saying that she won’t repel the male gaze well you’re not supposed to be looking at her anyway.

          • Jekyll

            and that gives the woman to do whatever he wants carte balcnhe???? nonsense…

          • Seekaii

            Never said that I said you’re supposed to lower your gaze but ok lol. Idk what your obsession with what women are doing is but you do you dude. Just know it’s not your place to judge others.

          • Jekyll

            Judging is my perrogrative, judgement is not.

          • Seekaii

            Justify yourself to Him not me bc quite frankly unlike you I know my place.

          • Jekyll

            And thus judged me by inferring that I don’t know my place?

          • Seekaii

            Never implied that you didn’t, nor does that mean I’m judging you (that’s called a Tu quoque fallacy) but whatever. If you’re confused on your obligations as a man or as a human being on this earth you can google it because this isn’t going anywhere.

          • Jekyll

            Ipso facto you labeled me a misogynist, hence you already see the argument with a femenist pov, thus why this isn’t going anywhere. I’m proud of not being a femenist and I am most certainly not confused on my obligations as man or a human lol. Perhaps instead of pathetic callous remarks on me, you aught to see for yourself exactly what the issues are. Go see some of the other colorful posts on this blog.

  • Natalia Hill

    A not so subtle attempt to associate the Hijab with the novel. Suggestive and demeaning to those who wear it. Not a bad attempt to down grade the concept of modesty in Islam.

  • Leyla Asad

    “Lolita style is both diverse…consistent in the important aspects of keeping it Lolita.”

    Really Sara Abo-Zed. You keeping it Lolita? Done, on going, or left it at Rutgers?

    • mike

      how do you know asif?

  • Becca Brent

    This is awesome! I love Loli and this is beautiful. For those freaking out about the book Lolita fashion it has nothing to do with the book. Lolita fashion is by women for the enjoyment of the women who wear it and those who appreciate it. If it’s not your cup of tea, that’s cool but there is no need to mock or freak out at those who enjoy it.

  • Shiro

    I am a huge admirer of the Lolita fashion, reading the comments below began to make me doubt myself; I am a Muslim and I absolutely adore Lolita fashion. Lolita fashion represents modesty, and Islam is the representation of what modesty is. I’m quite disappointed with the feedback this post has received.

    Of course, I do not wear Lolita fashion personally but I still admire it nonetheless.

  • Charles CAbell

    I think many of the posts here are skewed in a variety of ways. First of all, most of the commentators have obviously never read the book Lolita, and their interpretation of it is completely off the mark. They might start with “Reading Lolita in Tehran” as an introduction to how the book actually strikes out against totalitarianism and fascism, and is not merely a yucky book about having sex with little girls.

    Next, cultural and linguistic meanings are not fixed singularly and eternally. Many of the commentators appear to assume that they somehow know exactly how fashion works in Japan, including how Lolita fashion exoticizes or infantilizes women, despite their complete ignorance of the country. They appear drunk with the incredibly naive assumption that there is only one way to interpret the sociocultural meaning of fashion, which is –surprise!– their way. When other commentators try to inform them of possible alternative readings, which are often supported by experience living in Japanese society, they simply bury their heads in the proverbial sand and respond with hateful spite, outraged that anyone would dare challenge their interpretation no matter how uninformed it may be.

    Culture changes and is appropriated around the world in interesting ways, leading to multiple hybridities. The original article demonstrates this in a wonderfully playful way. It is striking that certain (inevitably male) readers respond to an article based in joyful celebration with such venom. Why take the time to deal with an article simply to show contempt and insult the author? Write something yourself? Read something else.

  • ssbma

    Omg, guys look at yourself. It is embarassing to see nonmuslim men treat woman better than you guys. How do you attract people to islam this way?