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I will choose another brand of clothing and shoes as long as American Eagle sells hijabs.
I am very disappointed that American Eagle Outfitters is selling a special brand of hijab, a symbol of Islamist oppression, in addition to using it in advertising promotions.
American Eagle Outfitters is 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.
The hijab does not symbolize the freedoms and liberties bestowed upon all women who are under the protection of the United States Constitution.
It appears that American Eagle Outfitters’ decision to sell the hijab is based upon the desire to appear politically correct to leftist customers or deliberately target Islamist customers.
American Eagle Outfitters certainly has the right to produce and promote whatever products it chooses. Likewise, I have the same right to express my disappointment and patronize companies that do not sell products that symbolize oppressive, Islamist doctrine.
Please sell products that embrace the liberties of the United States Constitution instead of Islamist tenets that oppress women and minorities.
I urge American Eagle Outfitters to discontinue the sale of hijabs. My future patronage depends upon your decision.
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