Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of Â the viral video 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman by Hollaback, an organization that wishes to eradicate street harassment, intimidation, and catcalling of woman around the globe.
The video featured a young woman walking around Manhattan for 10 hours all the while being harassed by men, whistled at, and even forced into conversation with a man who, for a consistent 5 minutes, insisted on having her number. And what was this woman wearing? A t-shirt and jeans.
In response to this viral video, Karim Metwaly from â€œAre We Famous Nowâ€ released a video comparing two situations of a woman walking through NYC for 5 hours: one wearing pants and t-shirt, and another wearing the hijab and a full black jubah.
Although it is true that no vulgar comments were addressed to the women later dressed in the hijab and jubah, this video gives out the wrong message. Metwaly essentially states the notion that women must cover themselves up from head to toe in order to be free from harassment and cat-calling.
Karim Metwalyâ€™s video presents the hijab as some sort of an effective bullet-proof protection for a woman. Something that will guard her from street harassment; thus leaving those who choose not to wear the hijab vulnerable to prejudice and discrimination.However, where do we draw the line between self-control and freedom?
Women, from all races, religions, and ethnic backgrounds, have the right to be respected, regardless of what they choose to wear or the status they hold in society.MYNEWSHUB