It’s a while yet before I get to the dreaded Intro ME class’ “Now We Have To Talk About Hijab” day, but I’d like to direct all academics to the below thread that I encourage you to integrate into your teaching on “WoMeN’s dReSs AnD IsLaM.”

I just want to point something out. What if I said “I prefer to see a man’s hair when we are speaking face-to-face?”

1) Why does my hypothetical personal desire matter in this context? Hint: it doesn’t. It is irrelevant.

2) What if he’s bald?

3) For the (not all) Muslim women who believe that covering hair is a religious obligation, because it’s private, the statement above, rephrased is:

“I prefer to see a woman’s pubic hair and/or breasts when we speak face-to-face.”
The above switcharoo is precisely what you would be saying to a non-Muslim woman.

At best, that’s an irrelevant statement. At worst, it’s actually pretty gross, invasive and... offensively entitled.
Let’s try this another way. Many married Jewish woman also believe covering their hair is a religious obligation.

This is also what you are saying to them.
To put it bluntly, in vulgar, base terms:

“I prefer to see a woman’s hair when we seal face-to-face”

sounds like:

“Shut up or show me your tits.”
This has been a PSA, not a drag.

When you don’t know, you don’t know.

Trying to inhabit - even momentarily - the other person’s context can help a lot.
I don't entirely disagree. However:

1) She's in the UK. If we're we talking "Islamic" culture, we first have to ask: "which one?"

2) During a class (vs. a Tweet), I have the time to cover these broader debates with nuance.

Absolutely! That is precisely why specificity matters, and

1) why I said (explicitly): "for the (not all) Muslim women who believe" and not "for THE Muslim woman."

2) my thread isn't theological/historical debate but RE: a singular discursive context.

Essentially, what I'm saying is - the above are all valid points to raise in a variety of discussions.

However, the original Tweet thread quoted is the opinion of a specific person, in a particular geographical and temporal context, about something in that space and time.
My pile-on thread to the original thread is just my attempt to tackle how we frame, interpret, and consider the perspectives of another person - through addressing a singular rhetorical exchange on a particular topic.

I'm not debating anyone on anything here.
3000% agree, again (believe you me - I have an entire screenshot album of the misogynistic Twitter threats I regularly receive). But also, again:

1) Which "Western culture?" If we "UK," then it's a defined, and interrelated, but different discussion.

Interestingly enough - or not, as an aside, my morning class discussed this issue about specificity in critiques to Said's Orientalism - and the parameters of "The West."
Here's why I cite @HashashinTag's thread:

1) I don't believe covering hair is a religious obligation.

2) I teach American students (none are Muslim, and none cover their hair).

3) An answer to "why do they do that" (from me) is not helpful in this context.

4) Hers is.
To this also, same answer:

Exactly. This is precisely (part of) the point I make on 'HIjAb aNd iSlAm' Day.

But I won't tell you how yet - because I don't like ruining surprises (especially for lurking students who I have not yet caught & blocked).

Hello @threadreaderapp - I apologize for being a moron. Can you please "unroll" THIS thread instead, so I have notes for today's classes - clearly, I am qualified to serve as a professor of higher education.

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