from A Collective Response to “To Be Anti-Racist Is To Be Feminist: The Hoodie and the Hijab Are Not Equals” on the Feminist Wire which responds to another article on the Feminist Wire by Adele Wilde-Blavatsky in which the author writes of the hijab that it ”is discriminatory and rooted in men’s desire to control women’s appearance and sexuality, is not a choice for the majority of women who wear it. The hoodie, on the other hand, is a choice for everyone who wears it. The history and origin of these two items of clothing and what they represent could not be more different; like comparing the crippling footbindings of Chinese women with a ‘Made in China’ Nike trainer.”
I read this first article expecting a nuanced discussion of the differences between the Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi murders—the equation of and connection between which I questioned and found to be problematic. Instead I found an article which reaffirms why Western feminism is often Eurocentric and thus is not very helpful to the feminist projects in the Middle East and beyond. With regards to ridiculous claims like those made by Wilde-Blavatsky, a myopic Western feminist vantage can be construed as no less than a hindrance to feminist progress.