To Veil or Not to Veil July 9, 2008

To Veil or Not to Veil

A bit of “hijabi propaganda” (via email, from an unknown source) lets us know what happens to women who wear the hijab compared to those who do not:


The text reads:

“You won’t be able to stop them (i.e. guys), but you can protect yourself. He who created you knows what’s best for you!”

Wow… an ad that degrades both men and women.

These men will apparently jump you, rape you or attack you if you do not wear the head covering…

If you do wear it, though, everything will be fine…

Unless you decide not to go through with your arranged marriage. In that case, other men won’t attack you. Just your family.

(Incidentally, the Chicago Tribune story omitted any reference to “Islam” or “Muslim” when describing the horrific practice, using the euphemistic word “cultural” instead.)

(via Sandmonkey and The Daily Dish)

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  • chancelikely

    So… men are creepy crawlies and women are suckers?

    I guess it’s no sillier than “everyone’s a sinner from birth”.

  • TheDeadEye

    I like cherry lollipops. I like to lick them.

    Yeah, that’s even too creepy for me.

  • Richard Wade

    Maybe the lollipop is supposed to symbolize women, but maybe the flies are supposed to be…. just flies.

  • Desert Son

    If a film of cloth is all that stands between a human being and sexual predation, shouldn’t we all be worshiping the cloth, instead of a sky spirit? That’s a seriously powerful textile!

    All hail our new silk and/or cotton masters!

    No kings,


  • Desert Son

    Oh, and it still appears to be all about the fear . . . .

    No kings,


    Edit: edited for incorrect apostrophe and subject/verb agreement

  • Bad

    I’ve at least heard from some people that honor killings really are more of a cultural thing than a Muslim thing. Certainly people have tried to justify with Islam, but I was at least given to understand that it’s older and more complicated than just that.

  • ubi dubius

    Actually, ignoring the colors, it does look a bit like an egg and sperm. Could lollipop wrappers be used as contraceptives?

  • The Christian solution is to leave the wrappers off and religiously follow Matthew 5:29.

    The secular solution is to simply raise our children to be decent people and do the right thing (like don’t go around raping people) because it is the right thing to do (independent of fear of divine judgment).

  • Richard Wade

    If you keep sucking on the lollipop the flies stay away.

  • If my creator knew what wsa best for me, then wouldn’t have I been created veiled, according to this ad?

    Also why does it take so lnog for text I’ve ptyped to show up in this little dialog box? It leads toa slew of typoes which are equally annoying to correct.

    And ditto on the lollipop jokes 😉

  • Polly

    Why then did “my creator” create men with foreskins (not to mention nipples) and women with clits?

    Seems like if members of the Abe-religions keep wanting to cut off pieces of god’s creation, they are evidencing their own distrust of his craftsmanship.

  • ajrw

    Men have been forcing women to wear veils since long before Islam came around, at least since 500BC in ancient Persia and probably long before that. I don’t think it’s unfair to refer to it as a cultural practice, as it wasn’t a religious one back then (the people adopted it because the King required it of his wives).

  • The absolute number one objection I have to the practice of hijab is that Muslims keep using rape apologetics to justify it. Every justification I have ever heard boils down to blaming rape victims and excusing rapists in one form or another. It makes me sick.

  • cipher

    Seems like if members of the Abe-religions keep wanting to cut off pieces of god’s creation, they are evidencing their own distrust of his craftsmanship.

    Reminds me of a joke Elaine Boosler used to tell. She had a Boxer, and she couldn’t bring herself to have him neutered. She imagined him saying, “You cut off my ears, my tail, my balls… if you wanted a smaller dog, you should have bought one in the first place!”

  • Polly

    ROTFLMAO! I’d never heard that one.
    Thanks for the laugh.

  • Mindbleach
  • Muslim women are that sweet, huh? But sticky, as well. Big turnoff.

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