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  •  The burqa and headscarf are often identified as symbols of women’s oppression in Muslim countries. In fact, head covering is a form of religious garb in many sub-cultures. Some of these subcultures require head covering all of the time, and others only during religious rituals, but all involve this tradition. Yet, when it comes to Muslims, the discussion often goes forward as if it is a uniquely oppressive, and uniquely Islamic, practice.
     The burqa and headscarf are often identified as symbols of women’s oppression in Muslim countries. In fact, head covering is a form of religious garb in many sub-cultures. Some of these subcultures require head covering all of the time, and others only during religious rituals, but all involve this tradition. Yet, when it comes to Muslims, the discussion often goes forward as if it is a uniquely oppressive, and uniquely Islamic, practice.
  • miatranslations:

There’s some fuss going around with this story about GaGa in a burqa. 
I wish to express my point of view if you care to read it. I’ve always asked myself why GaGa was so well accepted and loved. It seems I found the answer today. 
Right now a lot of guys from the West think that GaGa was super cool in that burqa. M.I.A., on the other hand, was called a “terrorist supporter” when she wore her xxxo burqa back in 2010. At that time many Western countries were trying to ban the burqa (France for example). With this in mind, M.I.A.’s burqa was a finger fuck to all the opponents of the burqa. So we have a political message behind M.I.A.’s decision to wear a burqa and what do you have behind GaGa’s decision? Fashion I’m guessing, transgression. Or simply “nothingness”, she just felt like wearing it. 
Why is it a “yes” for Lady GaGa and a “no” for Maya? Is it because M.I.A. is brown?I don’t think so. Is it because M.I.A. is Tamil? Maybe yes. Why does the same thing done by two different persons are weighted differently?
Maybe because in the West both look and appereance and everything that is à la mode is glorified. Lady GaGa fully represents our Western society based on appearance devoid of meaning.
But we already knew that. We noticed it even when yoga, decontextualized from its original essence, was turned into a practice à la mode in our gyms, sold thru megazines or taught thru dvds. The West refuses the substance in the name of the external appearance. The West glorifies GaGa’s nothingness and condemns M.I.A.’s political message. 

I mostly agree with this, but remember the recent violence over the Islamophobic video? Lady Gaga may very well have put on that Burqa to make a political statement against hate and stereotyping, etc. I guess the operative word hear is “may”, though.
Still, I think you make a very valid point.
EDIT: I humbly apologize for the above opinion. My only excuse is that I wrote this at 6am and had been on Tumblr since 10pm and as soon as I logged off I began thinking about what a stupid opinion that was. That still doesn’t make up for it, but by writing this retraction I hope to partially correct what I wrote.
It doesn’t matter if Lady Gaga meant well, it is still cultural appropriation. It is really dodgy for a white woman to wear something that WoC are so often harassed for - and then sexualize it, when the reason Muslim women CHOOSE to wear it is to honour their religions commitment to modesty. 
I’m also uncomfortable with the way I referred to the recent protests against the Islamophobic video. It wasn’t my intention, but reading it back I’m worried it sounds a bit judge-y (?). As another Tumblr blogger posted earlier, I don’t support violence, but it’s dodgey how its up to the victims to respond to racism in a way that is agreeable to the majority who don’t experience it. (Having said that, I actually think the Australian Muslim community on the whole responded very well in admonishing the violence shown by the small minority in their community, and the continued muckraking by certain Australians and representatives of the Australian media has been dismaying, to say the least.)
Anyway, sorry if I went on for too long in my retraction (and sorry for apologizing for that), I wanted to be thorough. I’d also like to say (if it at all seems otherwise) that I wrote this of my own free will (at this point I’m not sure if anyone even read this post, let alone called me out on my BS!). I just dashed off the above statement and started feeling bad about it. 

    miatranslations:

    There’s some fuss going around with this story about GaGa in a burqa. 

    I wish to express my point of view if you care to read it. I’ve always asked myself why GaGa was so well accepted and loved. It seems I found the answer today. 

    Right now a lot of guys from the West think that GaGa was super cool in that burqa. M.I.A., on the other hand, was called a “terrorist supporter” when she wore her xxxo burqa back in 2010. At that time many Western countries were trying to ban the burqa (France for example). With this in mind, M.I.A.’s burqa was a finger fuck to all the opponents of the burqa. So we have a political message behind M.I.A.’s decision to wear a burqa and what do you have behind GaGa’s decision? Fashion I’m guessing, transgression. Or simply “nothingness”, she just felt like wearing it. 

    Why is it a “yes” for Lady GaGa and a “no” for Maya? Is it because M.I.A. is brown?I don’t think so. Is it because M.I.A. is Tamil? Maybe yes. Why does the same thing done by two different persons are weighted differently?

    Maybe because in the West both look and appereance and everything that is à la mode is glorified. Lady GaGa fully represents our Western society based on appearance devoid of meaning.

    But we already knew that. We noticed it even when yoga, decontextualized from its original essence, was turned into a practice à la mode in our gyms, sold thru megazines or taught thru dvds. The West refuses the substance in the name of the external appearance. The West glorifies GaGa’s nothingness and condemns M.I.A.’s political message. 

    I mostly agree with this, but remember the recent violence over the Islamophobic video? Lady Gaga may very well have put on that Burqa to make a political statement against hate and stereotyping, etc. I guess the operative word hear is “may”, though.

    Still, I think you make a very valid point.

    EDIT: I humbly apologize for the above opinion. My only excuse is that I wrote this at 6am and had been on Tumblr since 10pm and as soon as I logged off I began thinking about what a stupid opinion that was. That still doesn’t make up for it, but by writing this retraction I hope to partially correct what I wrote.

    It doesn’t matter if Lady Gaga meant well, it is still cultural appropriation. It is really dodgy for a white woman to wear something that WoC are so often harassed for - and then sexualize it, when the reason Muslim women CHOOSE to wear it is to honour their religions commitment to modesty. 

    I’m also uncomfortable with the way I referred to the recent protests against the Islamophobic video. It wasn’t my intention, but reading it back I’m worried it sounds a bit judge-y (?). As another Tumblr blogger posted earlier, I don’t support violence, but it’s dodgey how its up to the victims to respond to racism in a way that is agreeable to the majority who don’t experience it. (Having said that, I actually think the Australian Muslim community on the whole responded very well in admonishing the violence shown by the small minority in their community, and the continued muckraking by certain Australians and representatives of the Australian media has been dismaying, to say the least.)

    Anyway, sorry if I went on for too long in my retraction (and sorry for apologizing for that), I wanted to be thorough. I’d also like to say (if it at all seems otherwise) that I wrote this of my own free will (at this point I’m not sure if anyone even read this post, let alone called me out on my BS!). I just dashed off the above statement and started feeling bad about it. 

    (via kat-adrianmiller)

  • casual-isms:

    tomhiddlestonswife:

    rosenightshade:

    tomhiddlestonswife:

    No one in the world has swagger like us.

    In response to Lady Gaga’s heinous and miserable attempt to appropriate the burqa. It’s disrespectful to muslim women who actually do wear the burqa and no, she’s not doing anything for us by wearing it in a very sexualized manner in the name of fashion. There is nothing that will justify what she did and how she did it. This is REAL burqa swag.

    Sorry. I can’t hear you over the sound of how much your religion hates anyone with a vagina.

    That’s actually funny considering that in the pre-Islamic era, in the Arab societies, the women were deprived of the most basic human rights that is required for human existence. The practice of female infanticide was widely practiced among some of the Arab tribes. The first and foremost contribution that Islam made to elevating the social status of the Arab women was to give them the right to live. Islam forbade this inhuman practice and was highly critical of the attitudes allowing parents to reject their female children. Islam viewed the practice as a crime and murder. When women were nothing but chattel and property in places that are considered “modern” today like England and France, Muslim women were being given the right to inherit, divorce, work, keep their own money as well as spend their husbands, 1400 years ago in the deserts of Arabia.  Why would a “misogynistic and patriarchal” religion care about these innocent baby girls? Why would Islam tell us that our mothers are the most respected figures in our lives after God and the Prophet? Muslim female scholars argue that most wrongs committed against women in the strictest countries of the Muslim world are not based on the Quran. It is based on local culture, traditions, political repression, illiteracy and poverty. Learn your stuff before you spew some stuff you probably learned from Pamela Geller.

    Reblogging for the fierceness and the commentary.

    (Source: faineemae, via kat-adrianmiller)

  • tomhiddlestonswife:

    I think it’s really funny how millions of Muslim women let the world know that they chose to wear the hijab/burqa/abaya and white people only choose to pay attention to the small percentage that were forced to wear it. Their selective hearing is a huge problem

    (Source: faineemae, via kat-adrianmiller)



  • miatranslations:

There’s some fuss going around with this story about GaGa in a burqa. 
I wish to express my point of view if you care to read it. I’ve always asked myself why GaGa was so well accepted and loved. It seems I found the answer today. 
Right now a lot of guys from the West think that GaGa was super cool in that burqa. M.I.A., on the other hand, was called a “terrorist supporter” when she wore her xxxo burqa back in 2010. At that time many Western countries were trying to ban the burqa (France for example). With this in mind, M.I.A.’s burqa was a finger fuck to all the opponents of the burqa. So we have a political message behind M.I.A.’s decision to wear a burqa and what do you have behind GaGa’s decision? Fashion I’m guessing, transgression. Or simply “nothingness”, she just felt like wearing it. 
Why is it a “yes” for Lady GaGa and a “no” for Maya? Is it because M.I.A. is brown?I don’t think so. Is it because M.I.A. is Tamil? Maybe yes. Why does the same thing done by two different persons are weighted differently?
Maybe because in the West both look and appereance and everything that is à la mode is glorified. Lady GaGa fully represents our Western society based on appearance devoid of meaning.
But we already knew that. We noticed it even when yoga, decontextualized from its original essence, was turned into a practice à la mode in our gyms, sold thru megazines or taught thru dvds. The West refuses the substance in the name of the external appearance. The West glorifies GaGa’s nothingness and condemns M.I.A.’s political message. 

"I mostly agree with this, but remember the recent violence over the Islamophobic video? Lady Gaga may very well have put on that Burqa to make a political statement against hate and stereotyping, etc. I guess the operative word hear is “may”, though.
Still, I think you make a very valid point.” -Me, earlier.
EDIT: I humbly apologize for the above opinion. My only excuse is that I wrote this at 6am and had been on Tumblr since 10pm and as soon as I logged off I began thinking about what a stupid opinion that was. That still doesn’t make up for it, but by writing this retraction I hope to partially correct what I wrote.
It doesn’t matter if Lady Gaga meant well, it is still cultural appropriation. It is really dodgy for a white woman to wear something that WoC are so often harassed for - and then sexualize it, when the reason Muslim women CHOOSE to wear it is to honour their religions commitment to modesty. 
I’m also uncomfortable with the way I referred to the recent protests against the Islamophobic video. It wasn’t my intention, but reading it back I’m worried it sounds a bit judge-y (?). As another Tumblr blogger posted earlier, I don’t support violence, but it’s dodgey how its up to the victims to respond to racism in a way that is agreeable to the majority who don’t experience it. (Having said that, I actually think the Australian Muslim community on the whole responded very well in admonishing the violence shown by the small minority in their community, and the continued muckraking by certain Australians and representatives of the Australian media has been dismaying, to say the least.)
Anyway, sorry if I went on for too long in my retraction (and sorry for apologizing for that), I wanted to be thorough. I’d also like to say (if it at all seems otherwise) that I wrote this of my own free will (at this point I’m not sure if anyone even read this post, let alone called me out on my BS!). I just dashed off the above statement and started feeling bad about it. 

    miatranslations:

    There’s some fuss going around with this story about GaGa in a burqa. 

    I wish to express my point of view if you care to read it. I’ve always asked myself why GaGa was so well accepted and loved. It seems I found the answer today. 

    Right now a lot of guys from the West think that GaGa was super cool in that burqa. M.I.A., on the other hand, was called a “terrorist supporter” when she wore her xxxo burqa back in 2010. At that time many Western countries were trying to ban the burqa (France for example). With this in mind, M.I.A.’s burqa was a finger fuck to all the opponents of the burqa. So we have a political message behind M.I.A.’s decision to wear a burqa and what do you have behind GaGa’s decision? Fashion I’m guessing, transgression. Or simply “nothingness”, she just felt like wearing it. 

    Why is it a “yes” for Lady GaGa and a “no” for Maya? Is it because M.I.A. is brown?I don’t think so. Is it because M.I.A. is Tamil? Maybe yes. Why does the same thing done by two different persons are weighted differently?

    Maybe because in the West both look and appereance and everything that is à la mode is glorified. Lady GaGa fully represents our Western society based on appearance devoid of meaning.

    But we already knew that. We noticed it even when yoga, decontextualized from its original essence, was turned into a practice à la mode in our gyms, sold thru megazines or taught thru dvds. The West refuses the substance in the name of the external appearance. The West glorifies GaGa’s nothingness and condemns M.I.A.’s political message. 

    "I mostly agree with this, but remember the recent violence over the Islamophobic video? Lady Gaga may very well have put on that Burqa to make a political statement against hate and stereotyping, etc. I guess the operative word hear is “may”, though.

    Still, I think you make a very valid point.” -Me, earlier.

    EDIT: I humbly apologize for the above opinion. My only excuse is that I wrote this at 6am and had been on Tumblr since 10pm and as soon as I logged off I began thinking about what a stupid opinion that was. That still doesn’t make up for it, but by writing this retraction I hope to partially correct what I wrote.

    It doesn’t matter if Lady Gaga meant well, it is still cultural appropriation. It is really dodgy for a white woman to wear something that WoC are so often harassed for - and then sexualize it, when the reason Muslim women CHOOSE to wear it is to honour their religions commitment to modesty. 

    I’m also uncomfortable with the way I referred to the recent protests against the Islamophobic video. It wasn’t my intention, but reading it back I’m worried it sounds a bit judge-y (?). As another Tumblr blogger posted earlier, I don’t support violence, but it’s dodgey how its up to the victims to respond to racism in a way that is agreeable to the majority who don’t experience it. (Having said that, I actually think the Australian Muslim community on the whole responded very well in admonishing the violence shown by the small minority in their community, and the continued muckraking by certain Australians and representatives of the Australian media has been dismaying, to say the least.)

    Anyway, sorry if I went on for too long in my retraction (and sorry for apologizing for that), I wanted to be thorough. I’d also like to say (if it at all seems otherwise) that I wrote this of my own free will (at this point I’m not sure if anyone even read this post, let alone called me out on my BS!). I just dashed off the above statement and started feeling bad about it. 

    (via kat-adrianmiller)

  • I’m not actually sure if this subverting or supporting the notion that all Muslim women are forced to cover themselves (I hope it’s the former), but I like it.

    I’m not actually sure if this subverting or supporting the notion that all Muslim women are forced to cover themselves (I hope it’s the former), but I like it.

    (Source: t-ears, via thincigarette)

  • Where exactly does TONY F****ing ABBOTT get off calling out “oppression”, especially in non-white cultures he doesn’t even have a clue about??

    (Source: pudica-girl)



  • youwanttobegod:

    lotuslopez:

    rtrixie:

    If you wear a hijab, niqab or even burqa, don’t expect me to take you seriously if you tell me how free and liberated you are.

    "I’m going to withhold giving you the respect you deserve because I disagree your choice of dress, most likely because I’m an ethnocentrist, an Islamophobe, and an imperialist."

    That translation is on point

    (via 7schools7states)



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