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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 08:31 PM
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Some thoughts on dressing modestly
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From time to time, there are posts here and on other discussion boards about the "poor" Muslim women who "must" wear "those clothes". I always laugh a bit because it shows again a lack of understanding of Islam among most Americans. Hello-we are not all alike, any more than all Christians or Jews or whatever are alike! I know that all Muslim women do not dress alike, and interpret differently what the Qur'an means about dressing modestly-I am sure everyone has seen Muslim women cover up completely, merely dress modestly with a headscarf, or even dress modestly without a head covering at all.

The other implication I get from the "poor" Muslim women remarks is the implication that, given the chance, every woman in the world would dress like Farrah Fawcett or Janet Jackson or some other American female icon. My answer is WHY? Personally, I feel provocative dress makes women less free, because so many see them only as sex objects. And girls who have less than perfect bodies are made to feel ashamed of their physical appearance-this can cause eating disorder problems, or cause women to resort to plastic surgery to enhance breasts or lips or whatever-and why? Surely not to make others respect them for their ideas, their inherent talents.

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  -Some thoughts on dressing modestly ayeshahaqqiqa  Feb-16-06 08:31 PM   #0 
  - My Experiment in Modesty (from my college days.)  Dunvegan   Feb-17-06 07:37 AM   #1 
  - A very interesting experiment!  ayeshahaqqiqa   Feb-17-06 09:08 AM   #2 
  - What I tell my students about wearing cover  JCMach1   Feb-19-06 01:20 PM   #6 
  - So very true.  PsychoDad   Feb-19-06 04:20 PM   #8 
  - What an experience.  madeline_con   Oct-19-07 12:49 AM   #23 
  - I now feminists who wear full-cover  JCMach1   Feb-19-06 01:53 AM   #3 
  - Modesty and moderation  PsychoDad   Feb-19-06 06:13 AM   #4 
  - You've brought up a very good point, brother  ayeshahaqqiqa   Feb-19-06 06:44 PM   #10 
  - ayeshahaqqiqa do you wear a veil?  Orrin_73   Feb-19-06 07:31 AM   #5 
  - No,  ayeshahaqqiqa   Feb-19-06 06:45 PM   #11 
     - A veil on a baseball cap would look pretty strange indeed  Orrin_73   Feb-19-06 07:38 PM   #12 
        - I believe the proper term is "revert"  ayeshahaqqiqa   Feb-20-06 06:39 AM   #13 
           - Could you please explain *taking hands* ayeshahaqqiqa?  vickiss   Feb-22-06 04:27 PM   #14 
              - When one is initiated  ayeshahaqqiqa   Feb-24-06 08:45 PM   #16 
  - Hey, if you live in a society where cover is a common thing  JCMach1   Feb-19-06 01:26 PM   #7 
  - the secret language of the veil  Alameda   Nov-04-07 10:29 PM   #25 
  - My Personal Opinion...  plasticwidow   Feb-19-06 04:58 PM   #9 
  - The only time, I say, "poor Muslim women" is those extreme cases  elshiva   Feb-23-06 08:58 PM   #15 
  - Some Catholic women are returning to being veiled in church and  DemBones DemBones   Dec-12-06 04:37 AM   #17 
  - You are creating a false dichotomy and perpetuating stereotypical  unschooler   Jan-24-07 08:46 PM   #18 
  - My only question to you is  ayeshahaqqiqa   Apr-21-07 08:48 AM   #20 
  - I have to agree with that.  madeline_con   Oct-19-07 12:52 AM   #24 
  - The issue here is freedom.  UndertheOcean   Jan-26-07 05:09 PM   #19 
  - Personal choice  ayeshahaqqiqa   Apr-21-07 08:51 AM   #21 
  - Islamic dress?  Alameda   May-28-07 02:50 AM   #22 
 

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