I was like “oh well, she tried” and then I got to that last quote. Wooow.
My thoughts? Put it this way, can you imagine a girl in BLACKFACE doing this?
Why attack people who make an effort to gain empathy of what others go through? Sometimes, walking in the shoes of others allows you to gain perspective beyond that of merely listening of what others go through. I disagree with this condemnation.
and I read that other girls post, too. Big difference between living a life for years in Saudi Arabia, and doing this for one day. And how many people wear headdresses, its the new thing for hipsters! Give me a break.
the only thing worse than the experiments themselves are that these girls actually think they are saviors and bringers of truth, peace and knowledge, thinking POC needing white ladies to validate their oppression. here to save the day!
I think what a lot of this comes down to is motivation. I do not believe simply listening to others is the correct method of bringing any type of understanding either. We should aim to promote the stories of say, Muslim women, versus wanting to become their savior or their mouthpiece, putting their experiences in our words.
Participant observation is considered a valid research method by the social sciences. However, the key is participant. Going to the mosque is a good place to start. But discrimination against followers of Islam is deeper than dirty looks and bad customer service. It irks me when the “one day as _____” is touted as the ultimate in enlightenment. I don’t pretend to be an expert on other cultures, religions, etc. And wearing a hijab for a day doesn’t make you an expert either.
Maybe I’m not getting this across clearly, but I think this discussion and comments on the post are fantastic. Please, if any of my Muslim followers are reading, weigh in if you feel comfortable. I would love to get your thoughts on this.