An empowered hijabi

You’d think that I’m oppressed

From the way that I’m dressed

But I’ve never been more free

And no, I’m not indoctrinated

Just like the media propagated

All those twisted images of me

Like why I’d need a piece of cloth to protect me

Or how I’m victimized by a patriarchal ideology

In a time when first world women still fight to be liberated

In societies charged with bigotry, sure I’d be slated

But I’m an empowered hijabi

It makes no difference to me

Whether I’m loved or hated

Head high, I walk through life

single, married, mother, daughter, sister, wife

if there’s one thing I’ve done right

It’s that I’ll always take pride

In my identity

The tides are high, but I hold on tight

In this darkness I still find the light

that will save humanity

I believe so firmly that words can’t shake me

You can try to drag me down, but you can’t make me

There’s more to emancepation

than wearing whatever you please

 But if that’s what it’s about

Tell me, why can’t I have this opportunity?

It’s as if my scarve is threatening national security

While fearmongering misogynists are out there spreading peace!

Can someone please explain this shameless hypocrisy?

Why it’s ok for a woman to wear less but not more?

It’s about time we let women’s dress code be

And focus on her strengths, intelligence, and capabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Zeina

I'm a Lebanese translation and editing professional. I mother two adorable children, a 7-year-old hero on the spectrum and a 2-year-old princess just launched on her terrible two's! Juggling parenthood and a home-based freelance career is no easy task, especially for a (hopefully recovering) perfectionist. This is where all the writing and poetry come to my aid, as a source of inspiration, hope and emotional well-being. Poetry is the spark of creativity that ignites my rather mundane life. Spirituality is what keeps me focused on my purpose.

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