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1 Lumberhead  Mar 30, 2015 1:00:54pm

Thank for posting this. A very enjoyable read and that mother’s honesty in describing her feelings was refreshing. It’s always nice to read something that I probably wouldn’t have come across on my own.

2 A Cranky One  Mar 30, 2015 3:55:05pm

Great read. Thanks for posting this!

3 The Week Of No Pie  Mar 31, 2015 4:22:22am

Most women DO NOT feel “freedom” wearing a bikini. Our fat-shaming culture does not allow a woman to feel “freedom” wearing a bikini unless she has a supermodel body.

Whereas, you can wear a headscarf and not have a bad hair day. How liberating is that?

4 danarchy  Mar 31, 2015 10:00:53am

Interesting article, but the clothing itself has nothing to do with freedom. The freedom lies in the ability to make the choice.

5 CuriousLurker  Mar 31, 2015 10:36:50am

re: #1 Lumberhead

Thank for posting this. A very enjoyable read and that mother’s honesty in describing her feelings was refreshing. It’s always nice to read something that I probably wouldn’t have come across on my own.

THIS. The varied backgrounds & opinions of LGF members is what keeps things interesting. It’s also a great place to ask questions, for the same reason.

It’s highly unlikely that many of the posts & comments I’ve read here are opinions that I would have never encountered on my own.

6 CuriousLurker  Mar 31, 2015 10:53:24am

re: #4 danarchy

Interesting article, but the clothing itself has nothing to do with freedom. The freedom lies in the ability to make the choice.

I agree, and I think that’s largely the conclusion the mother finally came to, i.e. what she preferred or how she felt about the headscarf wasn’t something she could (or would want to) impose on her daughter.

IMO, the article was more about the mother and her initial internal resistance to her daughter’s choice, as well as how she worked through her own assumptions, emotional reactions (esp. resistance), and concerns.

It more or less went full circle: She and her husband initially agreed to allow the daughter to freely choose what suited her, and to support whatever choice she made. In the end, that’s indeed how things played out.

That said, the daughter is young and may change her mind (most likely more than once) before she reaches full maturity.


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