Originally Posted by UmmZaynab
I was less-than-thrilled with some parts of this. Particularly the part about being mistaken for an illegal immigrant (was that supposed to be funny?) and the part about hiding one's conscience when you do something you're not proud of.
Actually I'm not sure if there is a single part of that which didn't grate on me. From a non-Muslim being the most appropriate commentator on what hijab means, to the "mysterious east" and the rundown of non-prude credentials, to "feeling completely secure from unwanted advances" (really?), to the homeless-muggers-illegal immigrants bit you mentioned (really?
), to the support for Muslim individuals and business people extending a certain really basic level of courtesy only to the visibly Muslim, to the smackdown on Western dress and putting words of pity into my mouth with regard to it, to the claim that Arab men have some sort of superior appreciation for diverse women's bodies (again, really?
), to the seriously hackneyed and ever underwhelming jewel metaphor.
Honestly that is the sort of article that when non-Muslims read it I feel embarrassed to be, by way of my clothes, associated with it, or thought to be better understood through the lens of it.