This is a controversial topic for sure, or is it? I guess it all depends on who you talk to. Whether it’s on the news or on the web, you see or hear about the prejudice against certain ethnic women who wear head scarves. There was even an episode on the television program, “What would you do?”, that took this very topic and did a social experiment to see how people would react.
Check out this interesting social experiment on “What Would You Do?”:
Anyway, back to how this ties into my life. As I was growing up back in the 1960s, I remember seeing women of all ethnic backgrounds wearing head scarves. My mother, who is of asian decent, used to wear head scarves and I know she was not wearing them for religious reasons. This was the trend, or fashion back then, just like bell bottom pants, platform shoes and overalls were all the rage in the ’70s.
I could be wrong, but I would hazard a guess that women from just about every culture at one time or another in that cultures history has worn some type of head scarf, whether for religious or fashion reasons.
My point being, a head scarf does not make a Muslim–religion does.
Movie stars, first ladies and princesses are well known for what they wear and two women in particular, Audrey Hepburn and Princess Grace Kelly, were known for wearing head scarves. I can’t say for sure, but I don’t think either of these women practiced the Muslim religion.
Of the 150+ posts that I’ve written so far, this is one of the more serious topics I’ve written about. Once I started researching and writing this post, I wasn’t quite sure what direction I was going with it and what point I was trying to make, if any. I didn’t want this to be me preaching about right and wrong, but I think I just wanted to point out what I had already stated above, just because you wear a head scarf, doesn’t mean you’re a Muslim. And just because you’re a Muslim wearing a head scarf, doesn’t mean you should be treated any different than the women wearing a scarf making a fashion statement.
Back to my lighter types of posts next week.