We have it “so good.”

What if I told you a story about a Muslim girl from the Middle East? She is dating a man. They're probably going to get married. She doesn't really want this to happen but she's afraid to leave him. Besides, she's given him her virginity (well, he took it, anyway) so she's now damaged goods. "No other man could ever want you," he tells her. Every day. And she believes him because her religious leaders have always taught her the same thing.  He dictates what she wears. He tells her she must … [Read more...]

Veiled Muslim women and revolutionary modesty

I saw this floating around Facebook: Could it be, I wonder, that for a Muslim woman, wearing a veil is not a symbol of oppression or male dominance, but a sign of religious commitment? Could we perhaps even call it revolutionary modesty? Now, all y'all who read my blog on a regular basis know that I am no fan of the way the church handles discussions of women's clothing. So, don't worry. I'm not about to tell you all what to wear or what not to wear. But I want us to take some second … [Read more...]