Liberal feminist have some explaining to do here in the United States. The rest of the feminist world seems to get a pass, as they evidently do object to Hijabs. I was born in 1970, in a period that was arguably the height of the feminist movement in the US. The founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW) occurred just a few years earlier, in 1966. In 1972, ultra feminist Rep. Shirley Chisholm created quite a stir when she ran for President with the slogan “Unbought and unbossed”. Chisholm was not the first woman to run for President but she was the first major-party radical feminist candidate for the nation’s highest office. Finally, there was the Supreme Court decision in 1973 which was hailed as the first major nationwide victory for feminist, Roe v Wade.
A group of women in Europe calling themselves, “Femen” have found a way to have their voice heard, by going topless. Yes, they strip down to their bare breast and paint messages across their boobs to ensure people read their messages. Examples of their “expose protest” include showing up at a Paris fashion show (see video clip below…but it is rated G)
In addition, these Femen protesters have made appearances at Anti-Muslim events to support Tunisian activist, Amina Tyler. Many have condemned the actions of Amina and Femen as having gone too far in their approach. Certainly, those who say the Ukrainian Femen protest outside the Vatican was over-the-top…or in this case without-the-top, would agree that some level of respect needs to be restored. Although, the actions of Femen have been regarded with disdain by many, others see their actions as a positive step to prevent enslavement of women.
Now, here in the United States feminist have been a bit more restrained in their approach to voicing opposition. However, they have remained oddly silent over the issue of topics such as Burkas, Hijabs, or even Sharia law. In some cases, they have even defended the wearing of Hijabs or Burkas and merely declared it is best that these decisions be left to the women who wear them. Well, how nice is that? Just one problem, the vast majority of these women are not given a choice about what they can wear.
Nearly everyone will agree that women should be allowed to pick their own wardrobe…
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