When Iran made the hijab compulsory in 1979 100,000 women protested in the streets. Women are still protesting today and only 43% of Muslim women in America wear the hijab. According to a 2015 article in the Washington Post linked from the article above, Muslim women say that:
This modern-day movement [to impose the hijab], codified by Iran, Saudi Arabia, Taliban Afghanistan and the Islamic State, has erroneously made the Arabic word hijab synonymous with “headscarf.” This conflation of hijab with the secular word headscarf is misleading. “Hijab” literally means “curtain” in Arabic. It also means “hiding,” ”obstructing” and “isolating” someone or something. It is never used in the Koran to mean headscarf.
In colloquial Arabic, the word for “headscarf” is tarha. In classical Arabic, “head” is al-ra’as and cover is gheta’a. No matter what formula you use, “hijab” never means headscarf. The media must stop spreading this misleading interpretation.In fact, the hijab is a symbol of male domination of women in Islam. So Mattel is contributing to the propagandizing of little girls to submit to a culture that allows them to be treated like the chattel of their fathers and for wives to be treated like doormats by their husbands. Add polygamy to that and the hijab isn't exactly a symbol of women's dignity.
A friend and I were discussing this over breakfast after Mass this morning and she wanted to know whether the doll would wear a suicide vest. We decided Mattel could substitute grenades for Barbie's oversized you know what.
The Florida Family Association is urging people to protest to Mattel. You can do that here.
When I read the article my first thought was, "Can we hope that nun dolls will make a comeback?" Not likely, I guess. It's okay to encourage little girls to be the property of their fathers and husbands (like all Muslims are the property of Allah), but belonging to God the Father as a beloved daughter and being the bride of Christ...well...that's a nightmare to the modern secular mind.