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I am very disappointed that your company advertised in the July issue of allure magazine which promoted the oppressive, Islamist hijab.
allure magazine appears to be pushing the hijab which is an oppressive Islamist symbol that is rejected by 57% of the Muslim women living in America.
Two Muslim women, Asra Q. Nomani and Hala Arafa, wrote a column titled “Wearing the Hijab in Solidarity Perpetuates Oppression” that was published on January 14, 2016 by The New York Times. The column states in part: In the eight times the word hijab, or a derivative, appears in the Koran, it means a “barrier” or “curtain,” with spiritual, not sartorial, meaning. Today, well-intentioned women are wearing headscarves in interfaith “solidarity.” But, to us, they stand on the wrong side of a lethal war of ideas that sexually objectifies women as vessels for honor and temptation, absolving men of personal responsibility. This purity culture covers, segregates, subordinates, silences, jails and kills women and girls around the world. https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/01/06/do-non-muslims-help-or-hurt-women-by-wearing-hijabs/wearing-the-hijab-in-solidarity-perpetuates-oppression
Pew Research found that only forty three percent (43%) of American Muslim women wear hijabs according to an article published by NPR on April 21, 2011. The NPR article states in part “The split between women who've covered and women who've never done so has existed for decades. But now a generation of women is taking off the headscarf, or hijab.” Therefore, after six years of “a generation of women taking off the hijab” the number of Muslim women now wearing the hijab in America is likely even less than forty three percent. NPR reports: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/21/135523680/lifting-the-veil-muslim-women-explain-their-choice
The majority of Muslim women in America reject the hijab because:
• The hijab symbolizes Islamist oppression.
• These Muslim women live in America where the law of the land gives them that right.
• These Muslim women want to Americanize their appearance and blend in instead of standing out.
If allure magazine truly believes in publishing something that would be the “Destroyer of Stereotypes” as the subheading of its article states then they should have published a photo of a Muslim woman on the cover without the hijab. The hijab does not symbolize the freedoms and liberties bestowed upon all women who are under the protection of the United States Constitution.
I urge your company to be more careful in the future to sponsor content that embraces the liberties of the United States Constitution instead of Islamist tenets that oppress women and minorities.
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