Hijab and the De-emphasis on Physical Appearance

abayaHave you ever seen a woman in public almost completely covered from head to toe in clothing and wondered why just never asked? Commonly known as a Muslim tradition, Hijab or the Muslim dress code/mannerism, is to be practiced by BOTH men and women but is regularly incorrectly connected to only women.  The reasoning behind the practice of Hijab is simple; it is referred to as compliance to God. The Quarn, the sacred book of Islam, states that women should not reveal their physical attractiveness. The idea is that their physical appearance may distract a potential companion. Their physical appearance may take away from their intellectual abilities, which is far more important than physical beauty. In America, it seems as though looks are almost everything. Studies have even shown that greater physical appearmuslim-swim-ninjaance is associated with higher pay. This in turn causes people to associate their dignity or self-worth with their outward appearance which can be extremely detrimental. The Muslim women who practice Hijab are taking the focus off of their physical appearance, which takes away the possibility of judgment for anything other than who the woman truly is on the inside.

If other religious scriptures placed more value on the intellect of a person rather than their outward physical appearance, would this world be a different place?

Would there be such a profound issue of the objectification of women if our focus on the self was shifted?

Would pornography exist?


One thought on “Hijab and the De-emphasis on Physical Appearance

  1. Your questions are definitely worth considering.

    Also, I really appreciate your objectivity in this piece; you provided the information and prompted the reader to consider the potential cultural implications of universal Hijabs. This was definitely more Anthropologically appropriate than simply presenting these implications to the reader.

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