A Letter To The Culture That Raised Me & Yetiştiğim Kültüre Açık Mektup & Yasmin Mogahed

2 Sep

We must listen to all viewpoints and not be so critical. Stop judging and stop putting our morals, values and standards on others. This point gives a critical understanding of the veil and the hijab from a Muslim Woman’s viewpoint. As a Christian Woman I must agree that I would rather be viewed as a servant of God than an object. I support my Hijabi Sisters. God Bless.

YA BAKİ ENTEL BAKİ

Growing up, you read me the Ugly Duckling. And for years I believed that was me. For so long you taught me I was nothing more than a bad copy of the standard (men).

I couldn’t run as fast or lift as much. I didn’t make the same money and I cried too often. I grew up in a man’s world where I didn’t belong.

And when I couldn’t be him, I wanted only to please him. I put on your make-up and wore your short skirts. I gave my life, my body, my dignity, for the cause of being pretty. I knew that no matter what I did, I was worthy only to the degree that I could please and be beautiful for my master. And so I spent my life on the cover of Cosmo and gave my body for you to sell.

I was a slave, but…

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