so, im really conflicted on how i feel in regard to photographs of women wearing hijab, niqab or some sort of burka covering on their faces but then posing nude from the waist down.
part of me thinks its “white people” wearing said garments and trying to increase arousal or sales (depending on its context, pornography high end fashion, as seen in a gaultier campaign)through shock value. which frustrates me. “hey whitey, you dont understand what it means to people that adhere to the veil for religious reasons”
then sometimes i will see a picture of a girl that appears to be muslim raising a skirt and showing some vagina. and im like “dude, your dad would be so disappoint right now”
On one level i feel like, who cares, they can wear whatever they want, show whatever they want, as long as they are happy. that is my true feminist speaking. i believe in a womans right to wear, think, do as she pleases, even if she is being influenced by societal ideals, we all are.
but on some deeply ingrained level i find it really confronting and disrespectful to people that believe in wearing the veil for religious or cultural reasons. i feel like flaunting and ridiculing something they hold in such a high esteem really cheapens their beliefs, creating a society where we do not care about any one elses moral structure.
BUT THEN i will see a picture of a girl masturbating with a virgin mary statue and i can not batt an eyelid. (i was raised catholic fyi)
am i being influenced by my middle eastern upbringing? am i being influenced by the western worlds new age double standard for religions that are “novel” or “new” to them? (ie buddhism is a-ok, christians suck).
shouldnt all religion be respected/disrespected equally?
does any of this even make sense?