March 10, 2017

“A chastity belt worn on the head”: There is nothing wonderful about the hijab

Barbara KayArchive

While I am still free to do so without penalty, I would like to make what might one day be construed as an Islamophobic statement:

I am very disturbed by a growing phenomenon in the west I would describe as hijab reverence – what seems to me a partly well-organized, a partly jump-on-the-bandwagon campaign among our left-wing cultural elites.

There is nothing wonderful or charming or woman-friendly about the hijab. We are told that women who wear the hijab have chosen it freely. But what free woman would have invented or embraced such an apparatus?

The hijab is not prescribed by Islam, as countless Islamic scholars have told us. It is a cultural custom invented by men in the most patriarchal regions of the planet. In its modern incarnation, it is often a political tool signaling anti-western sentiment.

It must be tolerated, obviously, but it is certainly nothing to be praised or encouraged at the official level in a free country.

And yet the hijab charm offensive is supported at the highest levels of governance with great enthusiasm. As my fellow Rebel contributor Claire Lehmann demonstrated in a recent video, the fashion world has taken up the hijab in a big way.

In one high-density Muslim enclave in Sweden, a sticker recently appeared in a public place, reading, “Women who don’t wear a headscarf are asking to be raped.” Is that really an attitude we want to give the slightest opening to here?

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commented 2017-03-24 19:52:26 -0400
Very nice post. So true and civilized.
commented 2017-03-13 18:14:01 -0400
The worst part of this whole business is the “Morality Police,” often WOMEN (known in Western Culture as #Bullies and #MeanGirls) who have religio-political sanction to brutally punish women they consider “unholy”. Google it. You’ll find them in Indonesia, Pakistan and a lot of other god-forsaken places.
commented 2017-03-12 19:39:43 -0400
The biggest problem is air head Trudeau & his air head cabinet.
commented 2017-03-12 10:27:26 -0400
Aynaz Anni Cyrus

This informative push back on the Hijab issue reminds me of what Peter Hitchens in the Daily Mail said on the topic
“I don’t know, and cannot tell, how much of the Muslim scarf-wearing is voluntary and how much is forced on women by husbands, imams and indeed the Islamic sisterhood, which – having embraced the veil in various forms for whatever reason – is no doubt anxious to see others do the same. It’s a kind of conformism. Squads of veil-wearers take to the streets in some Muslim cities, cheerily urging uncovered women to adopt the hijab or the niqab”.
He " remain totally unconvinced by those left-wing Western feminists who try to claim that the Muslim dress code is ‘liberating’. It certainly isn’t in their terms, and I believe they say this for the same reasons that Ken Livingstone and other British male leftists try to suck up to Islam. They think Islam is just a squad of voters which can be appeased into supporting the left’s project forever.

But it is not. It is a very serious, very determined religion and if, one day , English women find themselves compelled to cover themselves in black shrouds to venture on to the street, it will be because a) we completely rejected any Western philosophy or religion which might have helped us pull back from the wilder bits of the sexual revolution, so ceding that task to Islam, and b) we did not understand just how determined, uncompromising and tough a religion can be , because we no longer have one of our own".
Such moral counter-revolutions have happened before in human history, or how did the Victorian age come about? And it is almost bound to happen again. Who will lead it? Last time it was people such as John Wesley, whose work came to fruition in Victoria’s reign. If we don’t find his successor, it will be imams who do so." If he is right then God help us all, as women liberty to resist being pressured will be non-existent.

Some like Masih Alinejad are campaigning against the forced hijab
commented 2017-03-12 05:04:14 -0400
It is incredible how some people get sucked in.
commented 2017-03-11 21:37:23 -0500
Well said Barbara for exposing this ‘progressive’ insanity.
‘Islamophobia’, according to the Oxford dictionary is defined as a “Dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force”. I could go with the latter, since as Geert Wilders has said, “Islam is a totalitarian ideology camouflaged as a religion”.
A working definition adopted by a collection of 57 Arab states, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), is that any criticism of Islam should be called Islamophobia and should be haram [forbidden] and punished by death.
commented 2017-03-11 14:39:52 -0500
And furthermore, Canada is not the Middle east, nor will it ever be, never, ever, no matter how much the libtard/Islamic billionaire goons try to push this garbage on us.
commented 2017-03-11 14:23:49 -0500
All this muslim appeasement is not going to end well for anyone. It’s going to be nightmare in Canada for the next couple of years because the libtard government is under islamofascist siege.
commented 2017-03-11 13:28:37 -0500
Barbara Kay, a true feminist, in the original meaning of the word.

Love your monologues, Barbara!
commented 2017-03-11 12:24:21 -0500
Should the head veil of a pious muslimah slip ….. horror…. exposed hair …. signalling this muslimahs venal licentiousness and the signal for men to be lascivious towards her !
commented 2017-03-11 09:39:04 -0500
The Islamification of Canada will continue as long as we allow Muslim immigration. If your role model is a psychopath then you should be denied entry. This is a very low bar.
commented 2017-03-11 07:49:19 -0500
Lets call it the Hanoi Jane Hijab syndrome. These people are so dumb and naïve it sometimes is beyond belief.
commented 2017-03-11 02:07:12 -0500
Thanks Barbara… Much Thanks indeed!… You have always been the voice of rational thought in Canadian journalism and your columns always are well argued and thoughtful… Sorry about you son however, who was instrumental in the leftward drift of the National Post, which was the last conservative national print medium before it went to “the dark side” prior to the last federal election … Now we are all reaping the “benefits” of that mania for The Boy Blunder…
commented 2017-03-10 23:19:08 -0500
I started wearing a cross again a few years ago in reaction to all the Christian bashing and Islam loving going on.

Boris and Natasha, bikinis NOT burkinis!! Or as Le Pen has said, Bardots not burkinis on Frances beaches.
commented 2017-03-10 22:41:19 -0500
Maybe we could have wear a cross day.Just to show there is no christian phobia.Trudeau has a problem with Islamophobia.He is the biggest problem.He talk out both sides of his mouth,promoting women rights and Islam is a contradiction in itself.You know where the men are down here and the women upstairs or in the back where they belong.
It is good to see a women finally standing for the truth.
commented 2017-03-10 22:32:25 -0500
I’m with you Barbara. Yes, it is they that must culturally shift.
Hijab is insulting and disgusting!
commented 2017-03-10 22:23:25 -0500
Segregation of women in Canada is in full swing, drove by women hate centre today showing them the side door, main entrance for goat loving men only.
commented 2017-03-10 21:25:12 -0500
Good show BARBARA

Chastity belt for the head — love it , am going to help spread that one
commented 2017-03-10 21:19:02 -0500
Trudeau would look better wearing anything, that covers his face.

How long will it be before a new motion is introduced, by one of the King Rats Mice, stating that all women should wear a Head Scarf.
commented 2017-03-10 21:05:06 -0500
Well stated. Let me know when the next antifa setup is. It’s time these fools were told
commented 2017-03-10 21:01:00 -0500
Liza and Saver, fight with all your body and soul. The fact that we are even talking about this disgusts me. If there is a man in Canada who does not respect women in every aspect of their being, he does not belong here. Covering up with a hijab is oppression plain and simple. And if we could bar the wearing of a cover up over a two piece, that I could get behind. And I say that in jest so back off with any sexist comments you idiots. Natasha knows my respect for women, especially her two piece.
commented 2017-03-10 20:42:49 -0500
@liza Rosie awesome truthful and honest comment
commented 2017-03-10 20:41:50 -0500
excellent article, and no it is not islamophobic to tell the truth, at least not yet, when trudeau has his way all women will not be able to speak their mind and will be wearing a hijab
this new bill is going to destroy Canadian values morals and religions
commented 2017-03-10 20:36:51 -0500
Barbara, as always your commentaries/reports are spot on and thought provoking.
To me,the hijab will always be a symbol of the oppression of women; nothing to be proud of. I would like to see testimonials of women who refused the hijab presented in the House of Commons; from Canada as well as muslim majority nations….our government needs to hear first hand how such a refusal could lead to imprisonment and public lashings. A word of caution to the women in democratic societies who are embracing the hijab as a harmless piece of cloth….how long before it is mandatory for women to adopt this backward cultural practice in order to walk the streets unmolested?
commented 2017-03-10 20:36:33 -0500
“M103 is not an anti-islamophobic motion, it is a pro- islamofacist motion.”
You can say that again, Canadian Mongrel.
commented 2017-03-10 20:35:16 -0500
Bravo, Kay. You just said it all.
I would be more forceful in my words about not encouraging the wearing of the hijab. It is oppressive to women and a middle finger to Canada’s western culture. I will be fighting that ‘normalizing’ with every breath in my body. Getting western women to wear it is a victory to fundamentalist Islam, and there is no place for it in our country. It is a step towards our submission to sharia. Don’t want it, shouldn’t have to accommodate it and we should be able to call it what is, shariah creep. A blatant aggressive action towards that ‘cultural shift’ you spoke of.
It is not a small or insignificant gesture. Why should we have to accommodate anything to do with Islam. If it were minding its own business quietly like every other ‘religion’, there would be no need for any conversation, but Islam wants to dominate and subjugate our countries citizens. Every day it is plainer to see, yet we ignore the signs, out of …politeness?
commented 2017-03-10 20:33:37 -0500
I think Burkas and Niqabs should be challenged as discriminatory against men. Only men who are not allowed to marry these women such as blood relatives are not allowed to see the women’s faces. It is ok for other women. How is this not sexist?
commented 2017-03-10 20:20:19 -0500
Along with Nazism, Communism, and Feminism……Islam is the greatest evil of our age.
Perhaps the greatest.