Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

| August 31, 2016 | 2 Comments

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“No disrespect to Malala, but this kind of dichotomy thinking where it’s all or nothing positions people against each other.

A woman can wear whatever she wants but by saying she’s wearing “nothing” when she’s just wearing less, is another form of slut-shaming. Malala isn’t intentionally slut-shaming, but the language she uses still carries that effect.

We are both Pakistani women, and in that culture, the phrase “wearing nothing” is casually used to describe a girl who wears a bikini, to a short skirt, to even the lastest Pakistani fashions. While Westerners may think she’s talking about nude beaches, I assure you it goes deeper than that. Language is influenced by culture here.

This is how Islamists and Traditionalists in Islam think. Malala, in a lot of ways, is still a Traditionalist. #unimpressed
– Shireen Qudosi, 

 

From QC Reader, John Heflin:

I Malala, but comments like these bother me because there is another quote from her that Hillary Clinton shared on twitter that said “The more you speak against Islam & against all Muslims the more terrorists it will create” & to be frank between Reza Aslan, Nathan Lean, Talib Kweli, Glenn Greenwald & many others we dont need anymore apologists for Islam, we need to support & give platforms Muslims who are pushing back against the ideals that brought the Burkinis into existence which sadly some of my fellow liberals have failed to do on a consistent basis.

It’s just kind of irritating seeing liberals get up in arms about some wacky pastor saying whatever about LGBT people ignoring the fact that he has very little to no power unlike his counterpart within the Muslim world where religious leaders can & do affect laws like in Pakistan earlier this year when a law protecting women from domestic violence didn’t get passed because religious leaders said that it was “un-Islamic” I believe if one is against “religious freedom” laws here in the states than they should be equally up in arms about Islamism but that for some reason doesn’t translate.

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  1. Linda says:

    You say, “A woman can wear whatever she wants…”, but then you say that the burkini should be banned. I’m not a moslem, but I’m an observant Jew, and if I would go to the beach, I would wear a “swim dress”, which consists of a dress with a high neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and a skirt which reaches to right below my knees. It has shorts sewed in underneath. (I always cover my hair, on the beach or on the street.) It’s not a burkini, but it’s not the usual swimwear. Would you be in favor of banning this as well. Where is the openness to allow a woman to wear whatever she wants, including covering up if that’s what she’s comfortable with?

    • Shireen Qudosi says:

      Hi Linda,

      As I had said during the Varney & Co. interview, a woman can wear whatever she chooses the wear. However, we cannot allow Islamists and cultural dominators to thrive on the myth that this “burkini” is a part of Islam. I hope that clears up your question. I also tend to favor more over less in clothing, so I’m with you in being able to cover up as desired.

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