The ‘Nudity’ of Westernized Feminism

  • Munna

    Well, one thing should be clear to any women or even the men too that wearing fully clothed veils (Niqab) or doing nudity won’t make you ever more women. Anybody characteristics are more respected based on his/her intellects. If a fully veiled women feels that her intellect gets a boost by hiding her face and personality behind black cloth then I’m sorry to say that it is mere delusion and mere expression of insecurity of self before others. There’s no respect for a women with fully veiled things nor there is respect while in the nude. Have to earn the respect with better things than making themselves a bundle of clothes or going nude without them.

    • Emma

      It’s just about what makes each woman feel comfortable. Sometimes I wear hijab, sometimes I do not. When I’m alone or with girl friends, I sometimes enjoy wearing more revealing clothes. With my future husband, I’m sure I will enjoy wearing all kinds of revealing lingerie. The point is that women should not be shamed for feeling comfortable, and just blindly doing what society expects is not feminist.

      • Munna

        Either you’re ignorant or trying to act one. Certain outfits are very much inscribed as belonging to this or that religious affiliations. If comfort is the only criteria then I think that wearing fully-veiled/covered dress like hijab is insane idea. If you insist that wearing hijab is comfortable thing for women, then maybe you’re also somewhat ascribing to some crazy things.

  • Andrea Templeton

    Thanks for the article. I am not Muslim, but I read a lot of articles on Muslim Girl
    particularly because I want to understand female empowerment, as it exists in a
    variety of cultures. There is no doubt that the Western brand of feminism misunderstands and excludes women from other cultures. That said, I hope you will not hold it against us so much as take steps to help dissipate the lack of
    knowledge. Continue to share yourself and your story. “Good intentions” get a
    lot of bad rap, but the good thing about misdirected good intentions is that
    they often take only a gentle nudge to be redirected positively.

    It’s great that you point out how beauty practices have been used as a form of oppression as much as the niqab. The truth is, because we are experiencing the first time in history when women are nearing the same level of value in some societies as men, it is hard to look around and not see symbols of the
    oppression of women. There has simply been a lot of oppression, and many structures to keep that oppression in place. But it is now our time to reclaim
    those things for ourselves, for our own expression and empowerment.

    Although there has certainly been a lot of nudity involved in Western feminism, I don’t read the Corinne Theile story as an expression of that. She was protesting a
    violation of privacy. Her ability to protest it in the way that she did was certainly a result of the altering of societal norms (and laws) in the west. It is not an expression that would be appropriate for many Muslim women, or for many women of other religions either. I’m not particularly religious, but I think walking through an airport
    in a bikini is not a form of protest I would take on myself, but I am happy
    that it is one that is available to me were I to choose it.

    The great thing about being a woman today is the large range of choices that are available to us – hijab, niqab, make-up, no make-up, bikini in an airport – none of these choices are right for everyone, but I love that they are options for anyone. Thanks for standing up for the right to make the choice to wear your hijab, and for your stand that your choice be understood and accepted. Please continue to share your story and help to dissipate misunderstanding.