Can a Hijab Keep Cinderella From Eating My Daughter?
[Editor's Note: Some people may see the hijab as a form of oppressing Muslim women, but Wood Turtle, who blogs about the intersection of Islam, feminism and parenting, says it's not so simple. In the past, she spoke out for the hijab as a tool to liberate women from societal expectations of beauty. But what about when said garment is pink and bedazzled... and your daughter wants to wear it? Check out this excerpt from Wood Turtle, then head over to her blog to read the rest of the post. --Grace]
Fearing little Eryn would want to paint her nails and wear hot pants tomorrow, I desperately ran off my checklist of parental tactics, hoping we’re prepared enough to offset this new “girlie” culture.
Then I sighed, and for one brief, relieving moment said: “Well, thank God for hijab.”
And in that second I bought into the argument that hijab creates a counter-culture to combat materialism, commercialism and the sexualisation of women in the media. It’s frequently used as an anti-commercialism selling point for Muslim women to take on hijab, while complimenting the slew of other reasons based on modesty and religious, political, and cultural mores. It’s an argument I believed in when I first put on hijab over a decade ago, crying out: When I cover my flesh, I reject “western” standards of beauty, fashion, and remove stereotypical gender barriers, allowing people to focus on my mind instead of my body!