It seems like we don’t have enough metaphors describing a women’s virginity so Muslim Twitter just brought in a new one: a damn juice box.
Actually, sir, Islam preaches “lowering your gaze,” an act of physically looking away or looking down when seeing something desirable that can lead to sin. We are not told to change those we find desirable but change ourselves and our outlook to fulfill our religious duties and beliefs.
Most religions discourage and forbid premarital sex, with that comes many problems of disproportionate gendered enforcement. Why aren’t religious commentators using the same voice to preach celibacy towards men as well? Why is it an afterthought?
This image was an AD in Egypt and the text reads, “You won’t be able to stop them, but you can protect yourself. He who created you knows what’s best for you!”
Maybe this hasn’t been said enough, but why are we belittling women to objects? Lollipops, juice, pearls, etc. are not meaningful comparisons of a human life. We are much more complex, as is our society.
This discussion on how a woman chooses to cover her body is directly related to her sexuality and assumptions on her sexual activity. Women must always face a double bind, “if she is heterosexually active, a woman is open to censure and punishment for being loose” but if she avoids heterosexual activity, “she is fairly constantly harassed by men who try to persuade her into it and pressure her to ‘relax'” (Frye 2). It doesn’t matter what you wear, whether it’s an abaya, hijab, skirt, shorts, or a bikini, women have still become victims of criticism and violence no matter how they clothe their bodies.
I would also assume using flies to represent men as insects or animals that cannot suppress their desires is also unfitting. This shows we must rethink and reevaluate what images we are setting out for ourselves.
We must teach our kids not to measure their respect for someone based on exterior factors like what they wear. Instead, we should encourage a basic level of mutual respect for all. If people still don’t understand that, the other side of Muslim Twitter will still clap back.
Frye, Marilyn. The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory. The Crossing Press, 1983.