Most people in western society believe that Muslim women who wear hijabs are being oppressed by men but there is one singer who refutes that claim. Malaysian superstar singer Yuna, who has collaborated on singles with Usher and Pharrell, does not believe that her choice to wear a hijab to cover her hair takes away from her womanhood.
In an interview with New York Magazine, the 29-year-old said, “I really like the idea of modesty. By the time I got into music, I was already wearing the scarf all the time, and it’s really personal to me, my Muslim beliefs, so I decided to keep it and find a way to work around it. I don’t see it as a restriction or limitation — I can still be me and get into music and be an entertainer.”
In a Female Led Society, women have freedom of choice. If a woman believes that wearing a hijab or covering her body is liberating then we must respect her choice to do so. I have personally interviewed multiple women who do not believe their hijabs are oppressive.
Do not for one second think that all women need a rescuer. We don’t need to be told that we are being oppressed because we are not oppressed at all. We each have the capability to gauge whether or not we are satisfied with the lifestyles we have chosen. We don’t need to be told to fix ourselves or be shamed into believing we should want something different than what we have chosen. What we need is support and respect for our choices. Period.