Sunday, May 23, 2010

The way women dress

from w
A cartoon in today's Age tells part of the story - how we women, whether Western or Eastern or Middle Eastern, dress. If we criticize the almost full cover of some Muslim women, we also need to look at our own selves, and the silliness of our shoes! The talk of Muslim women's clothing has been on TV, on the radio talkback, in the print media a lot recently, so let's just see what the various ways a Muslim woman can show her modesty.As an Australian senior woman today, I am careless about clothes, wear long pants a bit in winter, wear hand-me-downs without worry, but do remember the days when we stupidly wore high heels, tight-fitting clothes, and our poor mothers even wore whalebone corsets, so we can't condemn the full body cover on comfort reasons alone. My argument against them is firstly it denotes control of women by the men, and secondly it's nice to see people's faces for recognition and friendliness. Dressing in this way means isolation from joining in with the breadth of society. The head scarf is fine but colours would be more attractive than black.

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Blogger Penny said...

Tend to agree.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me too! The cartoon made me smile. I never wear shoes that wouldn't let me run for the train- or long clothes to trip over on the other hand!

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't agree completely with the argument, because the implication seems to be that muslim women wearing hiqab or burka in public wouldn't be caring about fashion, high heels etc. But they do, very much even. It's just not for everyones eye.

12:22 AM  
Anonymous Yasmeen said...

Being a muslim woman myself, I truly and honestly enjoyed this article. It was both funny and true :)

2:48 PM  

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