Respect Your Body and Image
In the introduction to, “Veiled Intentions: Don’t Judge a Muslim Girl by Her Covering”, Maysan Haydar gives a story as to why she first began covering. Specifically, Haydar argues that appearance is misjudged all over the world. As she puts it, “At the heart of my veiling is my personal freedom.” Although some people believe in being wanted only for looks, Haydar insists that there is no value in being assessed by an image. In sum then, her view is that veiling makes life easier, it makes her happier, and it gives her appreciation for not being judged solely upon looks. Haydar reminds us that it has become common today to extol woman based on their appearance. Haydar reveals that as a young girl she did not realize the reasoning behind veiling and what it made of her appearance. She leads on to realize that views and ideas were being asserted without prudence.
She claims that a more clothed and less complicated apparel changes all outlooks on life. Haydar accepts that while people are fixed on beauty, figure, and judgment, she is more inclined to be respected with whatever she wears. People observe her appearance as being ridiculous and not well understood. What Haydar cannot believe is that these woman can wear such outrageous outfits and have no fear of confidence reduced by comments made towards them. She concludes that these women are being held captive to the society’s appearance-controlled environment. But as for her she states, “Me, I got to be free.” Haydar understands that the cloth she wore positively affected the evaluations of others towards her, and it let people appreciate her personality rather than her appearance.
Haydar finds it is often said that Muslim women veil because it is necessary and stressed by males of their religion. Haydar reports that all religious views of attire shift within every society. Her transition of her own apparel into the city of New York gave way to a whole new outlook of people’s convictions towards her looks. She analyzes that people saw that she was not wearing the veil for cultural reasons but for her own adulation of the coverings. Haydar disproves most of the American society’s hunger for image-engrossment. She clarifies that the Muslim clothing worn is not to take the opposite effect but is made solely for respect of her own body and image. Haydar reminds us that Muslim women such as herself, have high appraisal placed on their physique even though they cover their bodies.
She accepts that the false assumptions made from her Muslim appearance carry on excessively. Haydar claims people tend to behold outrageous ideas taken from an image. She adds that the people of New York wonder whether Haydar is “one of ‘us’ or one of ‘them’.” She continues on to explain that her appearance has nothing to do with the struggle between the associated Arabs with Americans. Haydar pushes to justify every wrong misjudgment made towards her. She claims she is more inclined to be comfortable with herself than to be involved with any outside cultural dispute that she has no control over.
Haydar calls for the approval of any image without fear of judgment. When she was asked, “If you have a daughter, what will she wear?” she asserts that it’s a choice given to her daughter. She believes it is essential for any woman to make decisions out of appreciation to their self, their features, and the way of life they are to pursue. Haydar insists that every aspect of one’s life should not be stressed or changed upon judgment but that they should live happily with whatever they choose. Haydar thinks that those who do not appreciate her lifestyle do not fully understand the underlying meaning that’s behind it. The cloth is what made her life a lot easier and any misjudgment should be reevaluated. She is happy with her image and knows that it’s what shaped her life positively.
Haydar, Maysan. Veiled Intentions: Don’t Judge a Muslim Girl by Her Covering. Viewpoints. By W. Royce. Adams. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2013. N. pag. Print.