For my week 6 blog post I took thoughts and ideas that I gained from the Blog Post “The Thong Vs. The Veil” and the article “Do Muslim Women Need Saving”.
When looking at “The Thong Versus the Veil”, the question the author asked, “who gains more respect for their intellect and spirit – the Afghan woman who is so totally veiled that you can’t even see her eyes or the Black woman in the R&B and Hip-Hop video who dances while wearing a bikini and thong?” really made me think about out society and perception of women. If I had to answer honestly, I don’t think that either of those type of women receive any respect of intellect or spirit. Afghan women wearing veils are seen only as the culture that they are a part of, and women in R&B and Hip-Hop videos are only seen as the body parts that they expose. It is unfair that women are so often simplified down to the most obvious parts of them with out taking into account the person behind their appearance.
Another point made in the same article interested me, “Many Muslim nations have already had female leaders – Presidents and Prime Ministers – while the United States has never had one”. This made me think, is the US really in a place where we can look at places like Afghanistan and say that our women are doing better than theirs? If I’m being honest I don’t think that we really are in some ways. Women still don’t make the same as a man for doing that same job in the united states, its 2016 and there still isn’t equal pay! The US has enough issues with the way that women are treated, especially for claiming to be as sophisticated and worldly and forward thinking as it does, that the US doesn’t need to be looking down on any other country for its cultural treatment of women, with in reason.
The last point that really got to me when i was reading this post was when the author asked ” Will their be a parallel movement among those so concerned about the veiling of Arab, African and Afghan women, in Islam, to “liberate” the White Catholic nuns who are not only totally covered?”. I had never heard a comparison like that. After hearing the question and knowing what I do about nuns and the fact that they are choosing to dress this way and live a certain way, I realized that the same could be said for Arab, African, and Afghan women. In many cases they are not being forced to wear the veil, they are choosing it for modesty. The only reason that I hadn’t made the connection earlier was because in the US we so rarely hear about the fact that women can choose to wear the veil for their own reasons.
This blog post really made the ideas that are mentioned in “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving” more understandable. One comment in the article that I liked was the “It is common popular knowledge that the ultimate sign of the oppression of Afghan women under the Tali- ban-and-the-terrorists is that they were forced to wear the burqa. Liberals sometimes confess their surprise that even though Afghanistan has been liberated from the Taliban, women do not seem to be throwing off their burqas.” The media seems to be attempting to mention women’s rights and how they were being “forced” to wear burqas, but since the liberation, that doesn’t seem to be the case. So was that just a half assed effort to pretend to care with out doing any actual research in to the cultural traditions of the area? Turns out we don’t need to rescue them from their burqas.
The point that they author made about the idea of wanting to “save” afghan women gives the US a sense of “superiority” which again I’m not entirely sure that it deserves.