*Here you have various WoC (women of colour) wearing their traditional, religious and cultural head-coverings. Please try and persuade me that all these women, from various continents are oppressed because they choose to wear traditional/religious/cultural garments.
As a woman of colour, I preserve the right to wear my garments religiously and culturally. I will not take off my headscarf or any form of head covering because your ignorance has let you to believe that I am ‘oppressed’. I will wear my culture and religion with pride, and shouldn’t have to be afraid I will face discrimination because of your lack of knowledge of my culture or religion.
When I was in India we were asked to wear the hijab as a sign of modesty and humility. I did so out of respect for my host and our contacts there. I was afraid I would feel oppressed or obligated, but I never felt either of those things. At the end of our three weeks there, I found myself missing the hijab. I was walking through the Nashville airport to meet my family and I realized I had pulled my hijab back over my head at some point. It kind of became like a security blanket; I was very attached to it and I miss it. My best friend is Muslim and she wears the hijab all the time, unless she is just with female friends. Her family doesn’t require it of her, she wears it as a sign of her faith and devotion. I talk to her about how much I loved wearing my hijab, and she says she understands how I would, because it is very dear to her, too.
I don’t know… that’s just my two cents. I was just really ignorant about hijab before I was asked to wear it.