I am not a Muslim but I am intrigued by the recent Hashtag #lifeofamuslimfemnist that has recently been pouring Twitter. Especially when I read this http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/32-powerful-and-brutally-honest-tweets-from-lifeofamuslimfem set of brutal tweets on how Muslim women not only have to fight for their rights in their society and culture but also against other women, other feminist women and I thought how ridiculous is that?
It was when I saw this image that I actually began to realise some white women believe they are doing Muslim women a favour by doing this.
My time in the Crisis Centre meant I socialised with women I hadn’t normally socialised with and I did actually learn something about other cultures. There were women in the centre that wore a Hijab and I didn’t think much of it, they were Muslim, that was there religion. When amongst just the women in the centre they didn’t always wear their Hijab, but when handymen were present or they went out of the centre they did and that was entirely their choice, their preference and what they wanted to do. So where do some white feminists feel they need to liberate these women who aren’t being oppressed and forced to be hidden away and act as a secondary citizen, who choose to wear what they want because THEY WANT TO. I am not a Muslim, but I would rather stand with one and fight for equal rights for all women, worldwide and I won’t care what they are wearing as long as it is their choice.
The fight feminists needs to focus on are for control of their own mind, their own body and their own choices of what is best for them. Everyone, according to any God, is created the same way, brought into the world the same way – by a woman I might add, as only women are able to bring life into our world, without us, there would be no more life. Men and Women were meant to be equal partners on this Earth and I would rather fight for someone who’s rights and equality had been taken away from them. Whose choices over their own bodies had been decided for them. Because I do not care what you wear. I will not try to liberate you for wearing something that defines your culture and beliefs because that’s okay, that’s you choosing to show your way of life, and I will never make that choice for you but I will step in, if I am wanted, is when that choice stops being made by the person that has to wear the Hijab, where something goes completely against her will, because that, my sisters, is not right. And that is where we really need to stand together.