A Muslim Hijabi Woman’s Thoughts on the Niqab (Face veil)
Niqab: a face veil covering the lower part of the face (up to the eyes) worn by some Muslim women
Hijab: The headscarf worn by Muslim women that covers the hair.
Author: Anonymous Muslim Hijabi Woman
Niqab is a form of kink. It says precisely the same thing that a Playboy cover does–namely, my whole body is one big sex machine. The only difference is the response…a cover model says “so I’ll flaunt it” and a munaqaba says “so I’ll hide it”.
The interesting thing about niqab, however, is that it’s an equal opportunity sex display. To be a Playboy cover model, you have to be a Size 2 with great hair, great boobs, great skin, and a great face. That’s like 1% of the female population. But anybody can cover up. I’m not surprised that so many women find niqab empowering, because it allows them to hide what they perceive as their flaws in the most tantalizing way possible. It allows them, in a strange paradoxical way, to compete with the 1% of perfect women. And it works! By making men work for it, to put in bluntly, they up their perceived social value.
By wearing niqab a plain woman becomes as hard to get as a Playboy model, and men respond accordingly.
Brilliant in kind of a sick way. I’m not a niqab fan.