Don’t Confuse Oppression with Freedom – Hijab Ban in France

Oppression is not about what’s right and what’s wrong, it’s about the lack of choice and the day you take away that basic right to decision making, that is the day when oppression wins, and feminism loses. That is what happened when Hijab, which is considered a sign of Islamic gender oppression was banned in France for girls below the age of 18. Some might look at this as an act of freedom and liberation however, embracing or rejecting the idea of religious expression is a choice and taking away that choice, either in the form of an imposition or a ban is a violation of a basic human right.

A law passed to eliminate public display of extreme religious sentiment disguised as so called upliftment of oppressed women is nothing but another example of the lack of consideration for basic human rights in developing as well as developed countries.


Published by kinnarijain

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3 thoughts on “Don’t Confuse Oppression with Freedom – Hijab Ban in France

  1. I am so sorry but that is such a wrong opinion. The specific law in France may or not be appropriate, but your reasoning behind condemning it is quite problematic. I am not sure if I can, or even want to, convince you otherwise through this textual medium.

    But I do implore you to think about your arguments in the context of people that matter i.e. little girls in most of the Muslim world. Just to ground your thinking, think of a hijab-wearing friend you had in your childhood (if you had one). You are arguing that a 6-year-old girl is supposed to (1) realise that not wearing a hijab is even an option when all grown women in their families do it however uncomfortable the situation, (2) understand the intricacies of the only faith system that they have been exposed to and decide that they don’t want to follow this specific aspect of it, (3) convince everyone around them, especially the men who perpetrate this, that they don’t want to wear it anymore and hope that their families will question an age-old system that they have followed all their lives because a 6-year-old said so.

    The only premise that your argument works with is that wearing a hijab is not an inconvenience at all (just a form of religious epxpression, like let’s say bangles, bindi, etc.) and of course you should cover your bodies because the alternative is haraam because men can look at you.


    1. Appreciate your point of view! I agree with your point that girls at a young age are not equipped to make a decision for themselves and more often than not they don’t have a choice however the solution to that cannot be banning the hijab. Girls around the world are protesting against it even after having been through the ordeal of always having a face and head covering when they were a child, not because they want to wear a hijab, but because it is still their choice and their decision to make.


      1. People accept the fate they have been given and with age start rationalizing their situations to themselves to a point where they start perpetuating the original problem themselves. Self-deception as a cause of spreading societal malpractices is quite a well-studied phenomenon in social psychology. For instance, most patriarchal practices in India are equally perpetrated by older women too. You are right that banning it might be extreme but the but it is quite a nuanced issue and extreme steps are sometimes warranted. I have not seen the ways of life in France so will refrain from commenting on this case in particular. But thanks for considering counter opinions.


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