We now live in a world where women embracing sluttiness equals self-respect and wearing the hijab equals female empowerment.
In a piece by USA Today, the hijab, what women MUST wear under penalty of death in the Muslim world, becomes a symbol of liberation. As is always the case with feminists, the magic word that transforms this frog of an idea into a handsome prince is that oft-repeated six-letter word "CHOICE."
Rather than interview (if they could get her to talk) a poor Saudi woman peering through the eyeholes in her burqa, the article focuses on University of Maryland student Sameeha Ahmad, who once threw off her hijab until she realized how much she missed it and put it back on.
"I do believe hijab support feminism," Ahmad tells USA Today, "the way you look at it from a religious perspective, it empowers you by strengthening your relationship with God. It’s a step you are taking to further yourself within your own religion."
Would USA Today hold the same tone for traditional Catholic women wearing chapel veils during a Latin Mass?
Others hijab enthusiasts, like Dalia Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, contends that "the ‘hijab oppresses women’ narrative is not only racist, it is also sexist," because "hijab is a choice by the vast majority of women who wear it, especially in the U.S. where there is great societal pressure to not wear it, rather than the reverse."
Mogahed did not cite her sources of women in the Muslim world who wear hijabs as a choice. Nor did she explain how criticism of the practice is racist, since Islam is not a race.
Student Fatima Khan says her hijab "limits how much someone can objectify me and instead have the power to only be judged for my intellect, abilities and personality rather than simply my appearance."
The move to make the hijab feminist again also includes Nike, which included a hijab as one of its athletic wear products.
“The Nike Pro Hijab has been a year in the making, but its impetus can be traced much further back to Nike’s founding mission, to serve athletes, with the signature addendum: If you have a body, you’re an athlete,” the company said in an announcement.