Hijab Versus Bikini

This morning I came across an article featured in the New York Times, written by Roger Cohen. He responds to a recent photo taken at the 2016 Olympics of Egyptian volleyball player, Doaa Elghobashy, and German player, Kira Walkenhorst. The photo caught the attention of many viewers due to the interesting variation between Elghobashy’s full-coverage clothing with a hijab and Walkenhorst’s bikini. The photograph presented the platform for Cohen to share the viewpoint of two women who wear a hijab. Read the insightful article here.

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2 thoughts on “Hijab Versus Bikini

  1. In my opinion, it all boils down to choices again. If a woman chooses to wear e.g. a head scarf out of her free will, because she has thought about it and sees it as a representation of her faith, there is nothing wrong about it. But if a woman is forced to wear something (not necessarily a head scarf) just because some men think it is proper, than it is not right. Free will, that is the important element here. At least that is the way I see it.

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    • I agree that it is very important to note the difference between what one wants to express themselves, versus what is opposed on them. I have relatives who wear hijabs and I found it interesting to hear the backstories behind why they chose to wear them. Actually, every single woman’s story was different. For me, a non-hijab wearing American, this sparked my curiosity and helped me to develop a deeper level of understanding instead of creating (and believing) assumptions.


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