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Poll: Who is Princess Hijab?

November 14, 2010

Princess hijab is:
(A) A woman of colour speaking out against a society that silences and criminalises women of colour. She uses a very self-exoticising self-orientalising nickname only ironically.

(B) A White woman speaking out against a society that silences and criminalises “other”  women in her community. She uses a problematic, exotified and orientalised nickname but everybody could use more anti-oppression training from time to time.

(C) A white man with a lot of access to time, money and social support systems.

“The spiritual interests me, but that’s personal, I don’t think it bears on my work. Religion interests me, Muslims interest me and the impact they can have, artistically, aesthetically, in the codes that are all around us, particularly in fashion” – Princess Hijab

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2010 8:23 am

    Im confused – so if she’s a white woman the name becomes politically incorrect?!
    how unsisterly! 😉

    • Banondo permalink
      November 14, 2010 8:03 pm

      You’re shitting me, right? Unsisterly?

      This isn’t an issue of it ‘becoming politically incorrect’ it’s an issue of appropriation of something with spiritual and cultural significance to stir shit up and get attention if she’s not doing it out of some type of solidarity, understanding, and personal identification.

  2. MuMu permalink
    November 14, 2010 9:30 am

    I don’t think the real question should be about her identity. The real question is her motivation.. This is a cultural phenomenon. Outright bans by the French and other European governments are no different than what oppressive gulf countries practice. I do agree about the niqab being a hideous form of religious / cultural freedom, but that’s my personal view and should not be advocated by a liberal state. So art for cultural change is all well and nice… but whats the real motivation behind it, and is it some misguided sense of affiliation to oppressed women in France or the Arab world?

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