What are Cultural Norms? Burqa, Headscarf, Rash Guard

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16 Responses

  1. thanks for the article! i also find it weird that they think women who wear hijab are opressed while being a nune is okay? lol muslims practice their religion just like anyone else people just need to learn how to accept and live with that (:

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thanks for your reply. That is an interesting parallel that I hadn’t thought of and I would guess other Westerners haven’t either. I agree that learning more about each other, and travel is a big part of that, can help the whole world get along better. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Br00ke says:

    Western women can also be Muslim women.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Interesting point, of course you are right. Just speaking in generalities and how eye opening it was to learn a little more. I think non muslims are a little hesitant to ask personal questions like, “Why do you wear the hijab?” and so on. What are your thoughts?

      • Br00ke says:

        There is a huge problem in the US of non-Muslims thinking Muslims are some exotic Other and not their neighbor, that they have never even met a Muslim when that is not always true. Many Muslims have been ‘hiding’ that aspect of their identity for various fear-based reasons, so that hasn’t helped the situation, but Muslims have been in the US since the slave trade, so this idea of ‘getting to know’ Muslims is… inadequate when we continue to think of them as them and not us.

        • NatalieTanner says:

          I think every step, however small towards all of us understanding and appreciating each other is a good one. The journey of one thousand miles…..begins with a single step. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

  3. Laura says:

    That’s what we get for listening to the media and believing everything we hear. We all do things that other don’t understand. It’s just another personal choice and we need to learn to respect everyone regardless.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Isn’t that the truth! That is why learning a little more about your destination and the world in general can be so interesting, so fun, and lead to more understanding. Thanks for your comment. Certainly respecting everyone regardless is a nice goal, isn’t it?

  4. Very relevant point. I appreciate that you took the time to make it clear that it is a choice. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. I think this is an interesting argument and find it empowering if women believe it is their choice, however, there are places that exist in our world that don’t think as liberally. I’m glad that you’ve highlighted the aspect that it can fully be a woman’s choice.

    Face guards in China, actually that frustrates me. Skin colour is a definition of class, and I’m a Canadian with chinese heritage and I tan like it’s nobody’s business. I love my darker skin and get sad when I start losing my tan. You couldn’t pay me enough money to buy skin whitening cream and that is one thing, that I will never understand or accept.

  6. Great post about the cultural norms! That’s an interesting way to look at it ’cause I laugh about how much Asians cover themselves but in reality, it’s the same for things that we don’t realize are choices.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Isn’t that the truth? I’ve seen some really interesting looking cover ups for the sun…. Keeping an open mind is part of how you learn about the world, and a great thing to teach the kids, but sometimes…things catch you off guard and seem silly or weird or what have you and it is hard not to have a strong reaction! The kids are old enough now to have some really interesting conversations about these like this. We have to take a deep breath and pause to understand.

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