Addendum to My Hijab Story

April 4, 2011

Part of the reason I’m uncomfortable posting my “hijab story” narrative from Friday is because of what it implies about my submission [i.e. to forces other than spirituality]. Certain lines (e.g. “I certainly would not have ended up at that particular destination all on my own”), while still being true, can be read as “I was brainwashed by my upbringing” or “I didn’t actually think for myself about the decision.”

I concede the validity of that reading; given my actual story, it isn’t hard to see how someone coming at it from a different perspective would reach those conclusions. I don’t agree with them, however, and what’s frustrating is that it’s not exactly a right/wrong scenario. That is, I can’t prove the other person wrong—I can speak only for my perspective.

Touching on larger philosophical questions, I guess. How are we ever to argue with a claim that we’ve been brainwashed?

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One Response to “Addendum to My Hijab Story”

  1. Emma Says:

    No one should try to argue against being brainwashed because we’ve all been “brainwashed” by the various cultural/societal norms and expectations that make up our individual environments.
    That would be an adequate response I think. When it comes to things like dress and behavior, no one comes to it on their own, regardless of how much they’d like to think they do. It’s always a process and the human process always involves other people.


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