Tag: hijab

Yasmine Mohammed, author of Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam, shares her story of growing up in a fundamentalist Islamic home in Canada. At 13, when she tried to report the abuse she suffered at the hands of her step-father, she was told by a judge “you come from a different culture, and that’s how your family chooses to discipline you, so we just have to accept that.” And here lies the inherent contradiction in the way in which the West views fundamentalist Islam versus other fundamentalist religions, and turns a blind eye to the abuse and suffering of millions of girls and women. She and Bridget discuss how alienating that is, the message those girls receive is “we don’t care about you, you are ‘other.'” They cover the escalation of rape culture, sexual harassment, the problems with celebrating the hijab, the indoctrination of attitudes towards girls and women in Muslim culture, and being called Islamophobic for criticizing a tool and system of oppression. They bond over shared traumatic experiences and discuss their belief that if you can use your own trauma to help others, it has not happened in vain. If you only ever listen to one episode of Walk-Ins Welcome, this is the episode.

Full transcript available here: WiW53-YasmineMohammed-Transcript

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Sesame Street, Hijab Edition


CfcfB9eW8AA5lXDI struggle with Reflexive Conservative Syndrome. It’s what happens when you see something online or in the paper and you just know it’s progressive claptrap. You don’t even have to really read it.

This happened to me this morning when I read this, from Mic:

Baghch-E-Simsim, the Afghan spin-off of the classic American children’s show Sesame Street, on Thursday introduced its newest character: Zari, a 6-year-old hijab-wearing Afghan girl whose segments will focus on female empowerment and well-being.

Niqabs, Hijabs, and Habits: How Do We React?



The presence of many women wearing head coverings is rather new to America. Under presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama many US cities have received large groups of designated refugees* from Muslim nations, and this has meant also receiving large groups of women who wear a variety of Muslim coverings ranging from headscarves, head and neck coverings, and full on coverings that leave only the face exposed (I have even observed the wearing of gloves). What are we to make of this recent phenomenon?