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Me and My Hijab
Transcript of Me and My Hijab
like the sign for friendship. Cultural stereotypes There are many stereotypes that are place on me just because I am an asian and wear a Hijab. Some people think i'm oppressed because i'm wearing the Hijab. That I was forced to wear the Hijab against my will and am restricted from doing a lot of things. Does the Hijab restrict you from freedom? No because I still have the freedom to express my own views and opinion, get an education, a career and choose how I want to spend my life and with who I want to spend it with. Are you forced to wear the Hijab by your family? Wearing the Hijab was my choice and no-one told me wear it. I decided it was the right time for me to wear the Hijab. Saussure came up with a way to explain how signs like words worked. So based on the symbol of friendship the signifier is the word friendship and the signified is the idea of the sign being associated with friendship. So the Hijab automatically puts me into a gender group. My ascribed roles is me being a daughter to my parents and my achieved roles, my given role is me being a student to my teachers. The role of me wearing my Hijab is achieved, I wasn't born with the Hijab. More than just a scarf; a way of life What do feminists say about the hijab? So according to Saussure, my Hijab signifies me being modest and the signified is the idea that I wear the Hijab for Islam and am doing so to be modest. In Johari's window my open self is the self that is known to myself and others. My hidden self is only known to me and no one else knows this side of me. Johari says there is a side of everyone that isn't known to ourselves or to anyone else either. Its the self that we feel comfortable in knowing that others know this information about us. So my private self is known to my family and close friends. This is because I dont want anyone to know this about me. My unknown self hasn't been discovered yet by me or anyone else. He said every sign has a signifier, which is an identifier, for example, a word, and every word has a signified, which is a mental concept or idea which is associated with the word. "Hijab is the way you talk…..the way you walk….the very way you carry yourself. In fact, Hijab is an attitude in itself. Its a whole way of life.'' Many feminist would argue that wearing the Hijab is against a womens own will. That she has been forced by others to wear the Hijab. That she is oppressed. Islamic feminists want to promote equality for all Muslims regardless of gender. They speak in favour for women's right, gender equality and social justice. They also combine Muslim ideas with non-Muslim ideas. However there are still many Muslim feminists who are against women wearing the Hijab. This can be seen as true to an extent, especially in countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran. Men force women to wear the Hijab against their will, which is why the Hijab is now seen as a sign of oppression. However in places countries that are multi-cultural no women are forced to wear the Hijab. When I started wearing a Hijab, everyone at school asked me if my parents told me I have to wear it, whether I had a choice to wear it or not. The truth is I choose to wear the Hijab as I felt it was the right time for me. My parents explained to me the responsibilty that comes along with it and asked me to think about whether I feel ready to wear it forever. At that specific time I felt that I was ready to take on the responsibility and now I'm proud of my decision. They see it as a patriarchal nature of Islam which teaches that all Muslims, male and female, must present themselves modestly. Feminists argue that this is sexist and all ask one common question, 'Why are men not forced to wear anything?' This is because men are not required to cover their hair. In theses we have a set of norms and values that we have to follow. These are either unspoken or laid out in front of us. As with all groups, this group have a set of norms and behavioural values that we have to follow. My religious group can be seen as a formal group, this is because there are laid out rules and norms that have to be followed. So I have to follow those rules to stay in the group. My family group is an informal group as it has unspoken, underlying norms and values. Even though they are not written out everyone in my family have to follow the rules to stay in group. This group is also an informal group as there are unspoken, unwritten rules that we all follow. No-one said that there are norms and values that we have to follow, we just unconsciously follow them. Turner claimes that 'a group exists when two or more people define themselves as members of it and when its existence is recognised by atleast one other.' There are specific objects and things that are either masculine or feminine. For example little boys are told not to play with dolls because they're not girls, whereas girls are praised if they are motherly to their dolls. However this doesn't mean that women are forced to wear the Hijab as they are the ones that can decided whether they want to wear the Hijab or not. No one can force women to wear one. Wearing a Hijab affects my public self.
I unconsciously change my behaviour when I'm out with people who I may not be close to, this is because I don't want them to see me in a bad way. According to Cooley's looking glass theory, me changing my behaviour would be seen as me modifying my behaviour depending on what others are saying about me and how I want others to see me. I try not to change my public self but sometimes I change without even realising. For many young Muslim girls the Hijab can be seen as an object of desire. Something that we want to achieve at some point in our life. For Muslim men, their Hijab isn't the head covering, for them it is to wear loose, non see through clothes. This is them showing that they are being modest.