I've been a feminist for as long as I can make conscious decisions. And now I think it's time to speak up. I don't want to hear another word about muslim women being less feminist than I. Or anybody else for that matter.
I believe in equal rights.
I believe in freedom of thought.
I believe in respect.
What I don't believe in is bashing a religion or
an opinion with the excuse of being feminist.
I have been an
atheist for as long as I can think and I personally am sick of hearing
muslim women who decide to wear a head scarf/modest clothing/whatever
are any less feminist than me.
I know what you might think:
religion that tells women to cover up CAN'T be feminist. What you
forget is that the women who wear head scarfs, niqabs or burqu DECIDE to
do so and telling them they are less feminist by covering up makes you
nothing but a hypocrite. Why? Because you take away their freedom of
choosing their religion and their clothes which means you take away
their right of making a decision in general. You don't own their body,
they do! Feminism is the radical idea that women are people. And people
have thoughts, they have opinions, they make decisions. They can do
whatever they want. I decide to wear nothing but black, somebody else
might decide to wear modest clothing and a head scarf. If you argue
against them, you argue against me.
One of the nicest
conversations I ever had about hair was with a friend who wears a head
scarf (Yes, I'm talking to you, M.!). Not for a second did I have the
feeling that her decision of covering up separated her from me. We talk
about clothes, we talk about comics, we talk about feminism and
everything else that comes to our mind. Because her wearing a head scarf
is about as much of a problem as me not wearing one.
wonderful incident happend at a green youth meeting. It was one of my
first big ones, I was really nervous and I didn't know anyone. I got in
contact with a very nice girl wearing a head scarf and she complimented
my (very short) black lace-y dress. She didn't judge me, she didn't force
her opinion on me. Instead she made me feel accepted and welcome.
Now I ask you: When was the last time you complimented someone's head scarf?
we focus on what unites us instead of focusing on what makes us
different? We all fight for the same cause: Equal rights for everyone.
And that means the right to make a decision even if it isn't considered
popular. So do whatever the fuck you want! Shave your head! Grow your
hair out! Dye it blue or pink or black! Wear a head scarf! And finally:
Be happy with yourself!
Have a great day,