Today’s Jesus and Mo comes with an explanation:
Today’s comic inspired, in part, by an article in The Beast about a Playboy interview with a hijab wearing young woman. There are a lots of ironies on display here, and this comic focuses on just one.
We’ve talked a lot lately about Muslim veiling and its reprehensible celebration by Regressive Lefitsts, and this is the topic of the the Daily Beast article by Maajid Nawaz. An excerpt:
White religious-conservatism is not often celebrated or glamorized by American liberals and progressives, it is derided. But switch up white Amish or Catholic notions of modesty with brown Muslim ones, take a fashion shoot complete with a graffiti-ridden backdrop, and presto: brown religious-conservative attitudes about hiding the female form in the name of modesty become… progressive.
. . . The assumption made by some liberals is that the “authentic” Muslim woman is the hijab-wearing one, while non-hijabis are seen as Westernized, inauthentic Muslims. Likewise, the religious-conservative Muslim assumption equates concealing the female form to “modesty,” as if a woman who shows her hair or reveals her figure is somehow immodest.
This is a not-so-subtle form of bigotry against the female form, and it has real consequences, including rising social-conservative attitudes across Muslim communities around gender and sexual freedom. In too many instances across Muslim-majority societies, including those embedded in Europe, this “modesty theology” has led to slut-shaming of women who do not cover. Worse yet, it can lead to so-called honor killings.
It’s a must-read article for those who frequent this site. And Mo has donned a burqa in solidarity: