We have a new favorite Facebook page.
A Man’s Hijab is a parody of what we Muslim women have to put up with everyday. You know what we’re talking about: the constant messages of the “haram” and “halal” way for women to dress, the devaluation of women that don’t wear a headscarf, the objectification of women as nothing more than wrapped or unwrapped candies thrown in dust (I think we all remember that one…), and the insinuation that the hijab is not a woman’s personal expression of faith, but rather her responsibility to prevent fitnah among her male counterparts.
Now, we can all enjoy what it would look like if the tables were turned.
By recreating the same outdated allegories and images that Muslims misconstrue as representing women’s hijab, the “A Man’s Hijab” Facebook page turns the male gaze back on men by focusing on Islam’s expectations of male modesty (yes, it exists) with the beard as the hijab equivalent. It opens a small window into what it would be like “if men and beards were treated like women and headscarves” by a moderator that humorously claims he or she is “just a humble person trying to help men become modest.”
The page offers men a wake-up call about how uncomfortable the discussion on woman’s hijab is in the Muslim community. And, hopefully, it will also provide some perspective to women who are not already aware of just how problematic that discussion can be.
Here are some of our favorites from the page:
“FACT: Beards keep flies away.”
“Please brothers! BEARDS show you are healthy, just like FEATHERS show birds are healthy.”
“A Catholic priest once met with a Shaykh and asked him: ‘Why are your men required to have beards?’
The Shaykh smiled and took out two kiwis from his pocket (he likes to carry kiwis around with him). He peeled the hairy skin from one of them, and left the hairy skin on the other.
He then threw both of the kiwis on the ground and asked the priest: ‘Which one are you willing to eat?’ The priest said ‘Of course the one with the hairy skin still on it!’
The Shaykh again smiled and said: ‘It is the same with our men!'”
Make sure you like the “A Man’s Hijab” Facebook page here!