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Oppression, 2017, stoneware

What do you know about The headscarf? I honestly never knew much, but had my own uninformed assumptions. I have, however, become fixated on this topic since reading about a number of Muslim women redefining for themselves the meaning of the headscarf. Many outside the Muslim community have looked upon headscarves as evidence of an oppressive, patriarchal religious culture that disallows women from showing their hair lest they tempt men. Other assumptions suggest that these women are weak in their willing subordination to oppression. This is a complex image, and raises many questions. Certainly there is merit to the discussion of female oppression in some Muslim communities, but what are we looking at HERE, and what is actually oppressive? An individual’s engagement with their own cultural, religious or political practices, or our assumptions about those practices?