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Hey, FEMEN — Topless Women Are Not Liberating Muslim Girls

Hey, FEMEN — Topless Women Are Not Liberating Muslim Girls

Topless women at a Muslim conference? This is supposed to be some sort of statement to liberate Muslim women?

Apparently, every “true feminist” knows that liberating Muslim women from the oppression they live in everyday under those radical extremist men is the ultimate feminist victory. I mean, every woman who wears the hijab must be oppressed, right? So before I go ahead and explain how exactly the hijab oppresses me, let me break down what the hijab actually means for all of y’all.

The hijab simply means to veil — to cover oneself — but honestly, it’s SO much more than that. I’ve been a #ProudHijabi for about 10 years now. I somehow seem to always find myself to be the only Muslimah in the social circles I work and roll with. I’m always that “I have a Muslim friend,” friend. Being that friend, I realize I have an incredibly huge responsibility. Most people I interact with have never met one of “us” before, and that means I get one chance to show them the beauty of Islam — To show them that underneath my wildly fabulous cheetah print scarf, there’s a brain with an abundance of educated opinions and viewpoints on just about everything under the sun.

Sure, the hijab forces me to do things, but it’s in different ways than most people would think. The hijab is clearly a visual representation of who I am and because of that, it forces me (in a healthy, positive way) to always strive to become a better Muslimah. To stand up for injustices everywhere I go. To throw on my most fierce hijab and get ready for battle every day, because every word and action that comes out of my mouth symbolizes Islam and possibly the future of Islam. Who knows what path has been laid out for the person I just interacted with? Seriously. They could become the next commander in chief and abolish Islamophobia.

But for real, why is the image of feminism automatically associated with shouting and running around topless and condemning those who choose to dress a little more modestly? Why can you, topless women, wear what you want, but I can’t wear what I want? FEMEN, here’s some advice for you, so get out your sharpies and take notes.

First of all, stop condemning your fellow sisters for wanting to be completely covered.

Secondly, you aren’t saving us and you never will, because you don’t know us.

Thirdly, you seem to love feminism — so you should know that feminism is about respecting, supporting and encouraging your fellow women regardless of your beliefs or how you choose to dress. Feminism is about standing up for your sisters when injustices occur. Feminism is having a sister’s back, period. Feminism is about loving and respecting your gender. It’s not about this judgmental, condemning bullshit.

I am a feminist because I am a woman, a Muslim woman for that matter, and I’d be crazy not to love my gender. But don’t for a second confuse that with me trying to be equal to men. I ain’t over here trying to be equal to a man, I’m over here busting my hijab to be signing that man’s paycheck.

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FEMEN, your ignorant views just make you look massively uneducated. Every time you claim you are freeing us from oppression, take it from a feminist Muslim woman: If the hijab oppressed me in the way you claim it does, why the hell would I wear it? I refused to even wear my gym clothes in high school because I hated being told what to wear. So then why would I allow someone else to dictate what I wear now? The only thing the hijab forces me to confront is the fact that I need to fill my brain and have the utmost emotional intelligence, because I am a constant representation of Islam. And that’s because of organizations like yours that want to falsely paint the narrative of what a Muslim woman represents. FEMEN, showing up naked at conferences doesn’t do a thing for us Muslim women and if you actually do, according to your beliefs, want to save us from oppression, save us from the Islamophobia we are constantly oppressed with — The Islamophobia that you perpetrate.

I am a feminist because I am a Muslim. #FemenIsntFeminism


Written by Sabha Abour

Image from the Independent

View Comments (15)
  • don’t you know that femen is just devil in the skies? you should’ve seen what they did in front of a church in argentina. this is just beyond me.

  • Why do you assume FEMEN went there for your hijab? Their message is to give freedom to women, to do what they want…to wear hijab or not is your choice. I think you are being too harsh and judgemental yourself.

    • They went in there to send a message. Perhaps with shirts on they would not have drawn this much attention. Shock troops, no brains.

  • Sabha, Well said.
    @Amara Khan because they were wearing hijab before they stripped. I think you are being too harsh and judgmental yourself.

  • “…you seem to love feminism — so you should know that feminism is about respecting, supporting and encouraging your fellow women regardless of your beliefs or how you choose to dress. Feminism is about standing up for your sisters when injustices occur. Feminism is having a sister’s back, period. Feminism is about loving and respecting your gender. It’s not about this judgmental, condemning bullshit.”

    ^THIS. THIS TIMES 100000.

  • Must say those girls are far taller stronger, more muscular and better looking than that mousy gnome in the middle. They are really kicking ass. More power to them. Was not that little guy advocating marital rape in one of his misogynist lectures.

    Well he is not going be able to rape these two good locking amazons. However he could have a shot a that mousy old Ilisha of Loonwatch. she is used to being kicked around. And her old side kick grandma AJ too. Ugly sex starved Hijabi locked up in her room. Sex slave to her husband. Fifty years old six children and still going.

    • “…stronger…better looking than that mousy gnome in the middle[…]They are really kicking ass.”
      You have a cold cold cruel sense of humor. You are killing me. I am laughing my guts out. But nothing beats this one:
      “he is not going be able to rape these two good looking amazons. However
      he could have a shot at that old mousy frustrated nympho witch of
      Loonwatch, Ilisha. She is used to being banged about.”

      Unless it is this one:
      “And her old sidekick grandma AJ sex starved Hijabi fiend locked up in
      her room. Sex slave to her husband. Fifty years old six children and
      still going ugly.”

  • So I found this “article” supper late. I do not deny the islamophobia that is present in the west. I have some “marrocan” features and I get stopped on the street too, and get told to “go home” by racist asholes.

    YET.

    You cannot deny who is the guy they interupted. You cannot deny what he says. You cannot deny My Stealthy Freedom movement. You cannot deny that ultraconservative parents (like mine, like my friend’s) do force fucked up ideas. And yes, that hijab does NOT mean headscarf.

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