Wearing a Uniform of Oppression Essay

702 Words Jan 23rd, 2013 3 Pages
Wearing a Uniform of Oppression
Having lived my whole life by the teachings of the Islamic faith, I understand the appreciations and values associated with the Hijab. However, also living in Canada, a pro-western society, I also see how some might see it as an oppression set upon Muslim women; objectively isolating them from the rest of society. I believe that the Hijab means much more than just a piece of cloth covering a woman’s hair. It represents their identity and their pride. It is considered to be the flag of their way of life, their religion. Unfortunately, people of other cultures see it as a horrific tradition of the past that degrades a woman’s rights and freedoms.
Catherine Meckes, a Canadian journalist argues
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Of course, every group has its fanatics, but it shouldn’t be the representing image for the whole group.
Furthermore, Ms. Meckes mentions that the Hijab is an unnecessary degrading practice of the past that Islam is spreading throughout the globe. The Hijab isn’t something that originated solely from Islam. Long before the rise of Islam, women wore veils that covered their heads as a sign of love and submission to God. Take in, for instance, the mother of Jesus, Mary. Upon all her portraits, she is wearing a veil covering her head. Muslims and Christians, who make up almost half of the population on Earth, have some sort of gratitude and appreciation towards the Hijab. Why is it so if the Hijab is the uniform of oppression? Why would half of the world’s population value a garment that oppresses and degrades a woman’s rights and freedoms? Hence, we cannot say that wearing Hijab is a degrading attribute for women and that Islam is infesting the world with this garment promoting a mockery of liberation. Thus, I disagree with Ms. Meckes describing the Hijab, as backwardness, submissiveness and degradation.
How you choose to dress yourself shouldn’t be the main focal point of judgements that are passed on to you. Hijabs, and other garments similar to Hijabs such as Turbans, aren’t a way of oppression. They’re also not just a piece of cloth that one has decided to cover him or herself…