So… here’s a quiet little confession. I’m a 19 yo Australian girl who is cultured, well educated and financially and physically independent. I am not religious and have no immediate plans to be. I’m agnostic and therefore do not know if there is a God(s) or not but openly respect other religions and cultures and encourage others to educate themselves. With all this said and done… I find women who dress in hijab (particularly Gulf Arabs) intimidating. Not just because it is visually and culturally confronting from a modern Western point of view but because the more and more I think about the women behind the veil, the more I ask myself who they really are. To me, these women represent a hidden world in which I am unwelcome. They represent a society I do not understand and could never adapt to, not merely out of habit or conscience, but a physical inability to link my identity with their own. I consider myself powerful and beautiful in my own country and my own world but if circumstances were different and I had been born into theirs I feel I would have been left a lamb to the slaughter. They seem terribly beautiful and powerful in their own right and therefore, the concept of a woman in full hijab intimidates the shy, naive girl inside me who does not understand the world of men the way these women must in order to tame their own lives. To me, these women aren’t necessarily oppressed; they are often far more powerful, beautiful and accomplished than their Western counterparts and that’s the most intimidating thing about them.
Yeah, you and your opinions are pretty unwelcome in our world so you’re free to stop talking at any time, ignorant white girl.
Upon reading this I was initially shocked; firstly by how openly and unashamedly hateful this message was; and secondly by how ironic and stupid it actually was. I contemplated whether or not I ought to reply and came to the conclusion that by not replying I would be giving you the impression that what you said was acceptable - which it is not. So let me break this one down for you…
1. ”Your opinions.” Yeah, that’s right. My opinions. And here I was thinking the modern world was renowned for its freedom of speech. I didn’t realise it only counts if their popular opinions. Silly me, believing in democracy and human rights and all that shit.
2. ”Unwelcome in our world.” See: narcissism. Our world?? What world exactly are you talking about? The one with 6.96 billion people from different backgrounds and beliefs who are all just trying to life their lives as best they can? Or the few select group of assholes who think their own opinions are more important than others and rather than ignoring other people’s opinions they don’t like, decide to openly spread hate and abuse? If my opinions were so unwelcome I highly doubt they would have been reblogged and liked as much as they have been. I doubt I would have received compliments and messages of thanks.
3. ” Ignorant white girl.” Ignorant white girl?? IGNORANT WHITE GIRL?? I don’t even… Since when did my ethnicity come into play here. You don’t like my opinions… well here’s another one for you: I think it’s pretty fucking ignorant to judge someone based on the colour of their skin. I also think it’s pretty inconceivable to call someone ignorant when their opinion is based on personal experience with several Muslim and Arabic friends and a wide range of Islamic texts including the Koran.
4. “So you’re free to stop talking anytime.” Oh I have your permission, do I? Well I’m already perfectly aware of my rights including the one to continue talking at anytime and the one to tell you to go fuck yourself, you ignorant assumedly non-white tosser.