In light of the recent guest speaker, and talk of Arab and Muslim culture I found this article and rap video and thought it was too cool not to share. The women who made this video, Mona Haydar, created it in the focus of the Islamophobia Muslim women worldwide, and in the United States face for choosing to wear the Hijab. Haydar hopes, considering our countries recent administration, that this song and its lyrics will speak truth and inspire people and remind them that beauty is not based only in appearance but within, and that all women should be respected. Haydar appears in the video pregnant and wearing a Hijab and has received much backlash, which is why she wants to remind women that beauty comes from within. This catchy song shows off women of all shades sporting Hijabs and when listening to the lyrics we hear that it is most definitely a video/song to promote the celebration of women in the world. The lyrics include a verse that says, “All around the world, Love women every shading be so liberated. All around the world love women every shading, power run deep. So even if you hate it, I still wrap my Hijab”. The main focus of this song for Haydar is to begin attempting to tear down these invisible structures that oppress women in ways that we may not see every day.
We can relate this scene to that in “My Elizabeth” with the Grandmother and daughter who are also being criticized for expressing something that is a part of their culture like many people do today with the Hijab, assuming that these women are not choosing to wear them and that they are oppressed. We can also relate this to the “Education” in a way that also corresponds with the keyword “Girlhood”. In the Education article from keywords, we see the talk about children’s literature and how it provides “morals” or lessons in citizenship and life. But we do not see these kinds of things being taught in classrooms or discussed often times. These kinds of topics need to be reworked into the everyday curriculum so that children know what a Hijab is and why women wear them and on top of that also that being a women no matter what race, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc. you are no less and deserve the same equal rights and treatment as anyone else in the world. It is important that girls are being taught at a young age that if they put their mind to it they are capable of anything and important that we start incorporating these cultural lessons into the daily lives of children in schools. If these cultural practices were much better know and educated I would hope that we would see much less criticism.