Whether it’s a simple trip to the grocery store or a day at the beach, Muslim women (or more accurately, women in Muslim cultures) cannot simply fall into the ease and luxury of such simple things.
You may already know that Islam requires women to dress “modestly” (i.e., the female body should be seen as little as possible). The implication is that an otherwise innocuous vacation often becomes a chore rather than a relaxing endeavor.
Islam mandates that when a girl undergoes puberty it is time to “veil” her from the world. To lesson the horror of the transition for their hapless daughters, Muslim parents sometimes introduce the hijab at a younger age than what is mandated so that girls go into their preteen years already accustomed to this strange and alienating tradition.
There can be no dispute—the hijab is intended to keep women naive and unaware and with as little influence as possible which is why, in honor of those women who are forced to veil themselves from the world, I submit this week’s comic. This cartoon is not intended to be light-heated, but upsetting to Islamic establishments. I mean to ask them a simple question:
How far behind the times do you intend (or wish) to fall and how much pity and ridicule from the non-Islamic world can you bear before quietly admitting the backwardness of bagging up the women in your dominions?
It breaks my heart that with my outspoken nature and simple cartoons, can change nothing overnight. Still, every drop in the bucket helps. Eventually, said bucket will become weighty enough to douse the mighty flames of religious ignorance. Until that day comes, I will do my small part and ridicule the ancient fairy-tales which people feel obliged to follow for reasons I wish to never understand again.