Everyone Should Watch this Video: Hijab as a Feminist Statement

In a video of The Guardian, Hanna Yusuf tells the world that hijab has nothing to do with oppression. It’s a feminist statement.


“In a world where a woman’s value is often reduced to her sexual allure, what would be more empowering than rejecting that notion? By covering up, we reject the message that women must be sexy, but not slutty. Stick thin, but still curvy. Youthful, but all natural.”

She doesn’t deny that not every woman who wears the hijab has made that choice. But not every woman who doesn’t wear the hijab has made that choice either.

“Some women are forced to wear it in some parts of the world. (…) But if pressure to wear the hijab is seen as oppression and rightly so, why is social pressure or legal pressure to not wear it excused as female emancipation?”

Her message is clear: women are smart enough to make their own choices. They are capable of controlling their own bodies.

“The liberation lies in the choice, by assuming that all veiled women are oppressed, we belittle the choice of those who want to wear it.

“The truth is that for many women the hijab allows them to reclaim their bodies and have full control over them. That makes a lot of people uncomfortable.”

Written by Hayat El Khattabi

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Hayat Jamal is a 22-year-old History student. She likes to read, write and practice sports.

  • Yahya Muldrow

    I thought this was very disappointing because all it was, was a reaction to those who attacks the Muslim sister dress code of modesty saying that they are being forced to cover themselves by men and they are oppressed. Nothing was said of the real reason why both the men and the women are required to dress modesty. It’s to please our Lord, Allah. The requirements are from Allah and that’s the point that should have been driven home for those who don’t really believe in G-d. These attackers are mainly atheist.

    • Alexander O. Malinowski

      Bullshit. The religion is used as pretext to enslave women. Hijab is either forced by society or is used to segregate 2 societies. Modern world shall help Muslim women to achieve freedom, Western women already have.

      • Yahya Muldrow

        Dumb ass

        • Alexander O. Malinowski

          Maybe, but I am right. Hijab is used for segregation in the society. This is the reason the most progressive Muslim countries have banned hijab. The example is Turkey.

          • Yahya Muldrow

            Of course to segregate from filth like you

          • Alexander O. Malinowski

            Not from me. I have friend you is very keen on hijabi girls. He says that Muslims girls are much quicker in flirt giving sex than Christian girls.

          • Poliski

            Alexander Malinowski you mistaking Muslim girls for your country’s polish women. You polish abuse your women force them to prostiute n sell there flesh around the globe. UK streets are polluted with women from your country prostitution is your country’s biggest asset. We don’t want opinions from hate spreading scum of your likes.

  • Mohamed Hammi

    Assalamo alaykum sister. Do not try to wear a minus Hijab to explain to them that Hijab is not fanaticism, but try to be a role model for them with morality, and beware of Satan.

    Hope you understanding me…


    • Alexander O. Malinowski

      You are backward savage. Everybody understand it, after your clear statement.

  • Alexander O. Malinowski

    This is not true. In many countries women are not only forced to wear hijab, but also have no say. This lack of freedom includes also number of children. There is correlation between lack of freedom for women and fast population growth in situation, where there is no resources to support the population. The result is war. It starts with enslavement of women, symbolised by hijab, ends with violence, war and terrorism. The positive message is that liberation of woman also might prevent violence.

  • chuck h

    A nice presentation of a point of view I’ve never seen and I’ve never thought of. Can’t help but to add most of the comments here. Are simple provincialism or worst simple minded bigotry.