Hijab Is Not a Matter of Choice in Some Countries

Photo caption:  Courtesy of The Guardian, In a pre-summer ritual, an Iranian policewoman warns a young woman about her clothing and hair during a crackdown to enforce the Islamic dress code. Photograph: Majid/Getty Images
Photo caption:  Courtesy of The Guardian, A female morality police in Tehran warns a woman to cover her hair properly. Photograph: Majid/Getty Images

 Main Point: Many women around the world wear hijab, some choose to wear, some force to wear

Source: Daily Telegraph

Writer: Seb Starcevic

Every day millions of women around the world wear scarves and veils. But the hijab is more than just an item of clothing. For some it represents spirituality, modesty and the observance of religious customs codified in the Koran. To others, it’s a symbol of oppression, making the act of wearing it incompatible with feminism in modern society.

Most of us have never faced this particular dilemma in our lives and never will. That’s one of the advantages of being a white Australian. It’s even more advantageous for men, who aren’t burdened by the expectations heaped on women regarding their appearance, especially women of color.

Yet headscarves are becoming increasingly visible in mainstream media. Last month’s edition of Playboy featured a hijab-wearing model, journalist Noor Tagouri, for the first time in the magazine’s long history, while Muslim beauty blogger Nura Afia is set to become Cover Girl’s newest ambassador.

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