Huffington Post Celebrates Women Wearing Bags On Their Head With #HijabToMe

Chris Menahan
May. 12, 2016

There's nothing more "empowering" and "liberating" than women being forced to wear bags over their heads, at least according to the feminists at the Huffington Post.

Yasmin Nouh says in her article, "The Beautiful Reasons Why These Women Love Wearing A Hijab" it's a "misperception" that "Muslim women who don the headscarf may lack agency."

"In today’s political climate, the headscarf has become more than just a spiritual symbol of modesty," Nouh said.

"At one point, women working in government positions were not allowed to wear it in Turkey. In France, the niqab — a version of the headscarf that covers the face — is banned. In the field of counterterrorism, some view the headscarf as a manifestation of extremism. And as the number of Islamophobic attacks continues to rise in the United States so, too, does the fear among Muslim women, especially those who wear hijab, that they’ll be victims of violence."

While 21-yr-old Katia Bengana was executed by Islamic terrorists in Algeria for her refusal to "don the headscarf," the feminists at the Huffington Post view it as a "choice" and hail the head-bagging as a symbol of defiance.

The Huffington Post asked Muslim women to share "a picture of themselves along with a brief description of what wearing the hijab means to them."

Here's some of the ridiculous responses:

As I covered yesterday, in Muslim countries, like the UK for example, it's not a choice.


I am posting to support @huffingtonpost 's #HijabtoMe on their great initiative to introduce diversity in hijab. Hijab to me reflects personal identity, and not where you stand in your religion. I am lover of bows and what they resemble so I infused it into my hijab and now my hijab style is reflecting one part of who I am. Hijab is never a sign of opression, ignorance or falling in the shadows of society. I am an engineer with a master's degree, a teacher at a university, a certified Yoga instructor, an occasional model and a Salsa dancer! Not one time, have I felt that my hijab is holding me back from something I would like to pursue. Freedom is all in the heart and mind and not in the body. We are not tied down by hijab, but by people's conception of how a hijabi should look and act like. I have travelled to most parts of the world and I have always been amazed by how beauty can be so diverse taking every shape and form. And muslim girls are no different. Every hijabi has a message to tell the world that she sends through the way she wears it. So let every girl write her message with her own unique brush! Photocredit: @juansanchezphotography #hijabtome #hijab #hijabi #turban #turbow #islam #freedom #headscarf #postagram #instaphoto #modeling #huffpostgram

A photo posted by Sara Al-Sharif @Fyomka (@sara__alsharif) on

I am so tired of the monolithic representation of Muslim womyn; these exhausted tropes do nothing to enrich our communities. I often find myself apologizing for not behaving as I am expected to in the spaces I occupy and that is no longer ok. It's so exciting to see @huffingtonpost begin the #hijabtome campaign with the purpose of "illustrating the diversity and vibrancy of Muslim women who wear [the hijab]." ... #Hijabtome means that I have the choice and the freedom to express myself fully, whether I'm dancing it out to Beyonce or being a life long learner and advocate for the populations I seek to serve through medicine. I started wearing hijab as a a sophomore in college primarily because I'm a wear-my-heart-on-my-sleeve kind of person. I have always wanted and still want people to visibly see what I'm all about and for me, hijab was one of the ways to accomplish that. It's definitely not easy to wear it daily; regardless of the setting I'm in, there will always be numerous judgements I need to contend with. Hijab is one way to "twirl on them haters." (Beyonce reference for you all haha) Each womyn who wears the hijab has her own style. I don't have a particular style but it is important for me to wear my hijab in a way that makes me feel comfortable and able to express myself while getting work done. PC: @ahealersheart #hijab #turban #muslim #muslimwomen #huffpost #advocacy #medicine #healthcare #beyonce #formation #beyhive

A photo posted by Sara, MPH (@saramomo6) on

"Being shoved in an upside down potato sack motivates me to be a better womyn." #EmpoweredAsF*ck

Alright, I slipped that last one in myself.

The problem with this entire propaganda campaign is they're giving the false impression wearing a hijab is just a "choice."

While it may be a choice for grown women in the West living in a society built on European values, it's not a choice for most women and girls living in the Muslim world, it's a mandate.

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