Quiz: Can you tell her religion from her head covering?

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  1. l never knew so many religions used the skarf.

  2. This quiz just lets us know how many religions oppress women.

    • Would you explain how Jain Svetambara Nun is oppressed?

  3. While there are many reasons why women of faith, just about any faith, would wear a head covering most of the reasons stem from the same idea. The idea being a women is shameful in the eyes of God. Anytime you find a religion that thinks less of women for being female you will find the idea of female shame. To be female in many culture is to understand that your most prized position is your virginity. And you (and your family) must do anything to safeguard that. That can manifest itself in different ways in different culture of course, but a common method used is female ‘modesty’. Failure to maintain modesty is akin to the invitation of sexual relations, verbal permission is not needed, or so many people think. This line of thinking can be found in many religions and cultures, that does mean it is right, of course. If a lady (of her own free will) wishes to wear a head covering so be it, so long as that is not imposed on others but alas in some cultures that is not the case. A symbol of piety to God is meaningless if it is enforced on those who may be less pios or who do not wish to wear it for other reasons.

    • Covering your hair in Judaism and Islam has nothing to do with being shameful in the eyes of God… perhaps this is the case for other religions, but in Judaism and Islam the hair is covered because it is considered an private part of the body (just as other private parts are covered).

      I recommend watching this Naomi Wolf video from 2:45 for a feminist perspective on the hijab.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCQI-ougLsg

  4. What right do I have? Because I’m agnostic, all religions are oppressive. What a joke of a quiz with a condescending comment towards the poster at the end. I left more against religion than when I came here. Good work.

  5. you got me at yemeni jew women and russian nun.

  6. I knew all religions had head scarves but what i didn’t realize is that they all really resemble each other!!

  7. Each of these women believe in God. Each of these women dresses and thereby expresses modesty. So believing in God is equated with expressing modesty. Those who dictate what defines liberation or oppression show themselves to be repressed and close-minded. Who are they to judge a person or society’s inner thoughts, intentions, and views? Who are they to say that the less clothes one wears, the more “liberated” they are? Women who are defined by their clothing or lack thereof are the ones oppressed and pitiable. Would you respect a man more or less based on how exposed his body is? In fact, the next time you come across a guy in his Speedo’s, ask yourself that question.

    There is no generalization to be made except that these women are dressed modestly based on their belief in God (though even as I say this, I realize it is an outward expression – their inner motivations and views are their own – not to be generalized and labeled.)

    Just my opinion, but as some of the opinions above seem to be clouded and boxed-in, I felt like expressing it. Take it with my regards, or leave it without disrespect.

  8. Each of these women believe in God. Each of these women dresses and thereby expresses modesty. So believing in God is equated with expressing modesty. Those who dictate what defines liberation or oppression show themselves to be repressed and close-minded. Who are they to judge a person or society’s inner thoughts, intentions, and views? Who are they to say that the less clothes one wears, the more “liberated” they are? Women who are defined by their clothing or lack thereof are the ones oppressed and pitiable. Would you respect a man more or less based on how exposed his body is? In fact, the next time you come across a guy in his Speedo’s, ask yourself that question.

    There is no generalization to be made except that these women are dressed modestly based on their belief in God (though even as I say this, I realize it is an outward expression – their inner motivations and views are their own – not to be generalized and labeled.)

    Just my opinion, but as some of the opinions above seem to be clouded and boxed-in, I felt like expressing it. Take it with my regards, or leave it without disrespect.

  9. So many lovely pictures of women who cover. Yes some people skew and oppress but more and more women find more freedom in covering than in displaying themselves to anyone like chattel on an auction block androgen having a fit because someone looks at what’s hanging out all over.

  10. I am a Christian woman who CHOOSES to cover her hair. I am Not oppressed. I do it for my own sake and choice of modesty. Please do it assume with your Western ignorance that being covered is an oppression. It is very freeing to be covered. To not be made a sexual object by society, to not be gawked at, to not have to show off for others is a wonderful freeing reality for many.

  11. Nikki, it depends which religion you are talking about. It is not god that degrades women it is human beings ourselves but then You can say that about other things that we are not meant to do and we do them. I do believe that man made religions do oppress women in different ways whether that is forcing them to cover or letting them uncover due to society/feminism pressures. I hope you would read the torat, bible and the quran and then make your mind up.
    Peace be on you.

  12. I am an Orthodox Woman who’s recently started covering full time. No one made me do it. I’m not required to do it. In fact, my priest made sure that I understand both of those. However, I have chosen to do so out of a personal desire to have a physical reminder with me about my conduct. Since covering, I’ve found myself to be more mindful of not judging others out of fear of being judged. I find myself more empathetic and accepting of others who are different. I’m more prayerful and modest. Its affecting the way I behave in public. Less swearing and more smiles. If it were forced on me, I would believe it to be oppressive, but since its my choice. Others should respect my freedom to do so.

  13. I wear a scarf and I am not oppressed. I think the media has brain washed people to look at pictures like these and think “oppression”. Just like you see the word “Islam” and think “terrorism”. You are programmed to think that way. Society has taught us that the more you undress, the more civilized and liberated you become. But I disagree. I live in a society where women are being always defined through their sexuality. Look at TV commercials and you will see what I mean. A women should be free to choose what to wear. And millions of women around the world choose a headscarf as a way to express themselves. Be more open minded and don’t let anyone control your mind. Why don’t I challenge you to travel to other countries and see for yourself. Life is not black and white; its very complex. I choose to cover every part of my body; I refuse to have a guy looking at me as a piece of meat…I am human and that is how I want people to see me. Please understand….don’t throw out words that you are programmed to use. I apologize if my words hurt. I used to say ignorant stuff at one point…but it just blurred my vision of the world.

  14. I so agree with you. very nicely put. Being a woman that accepted Islam in my forties I have many friends that were unsure as to my choice. I began to cover about 11 months after converting, one month before the the Sept 11 attacks. Some of my friends wanted me to stop covering out of fear for me. others offered to run errands so I wouldn’t have to go out and be hassled. I really thought about all that could happen but felt that part of living here is our freedom to choose our faith and live without fear. Part of my faith is covering, and so out I went. There were some that stared and said nothing but most people were curious. Some just smiling and trying not to stare while others came up and asked questions or made small talk. And while even to this day some will say to me things like “here in this country you don’t have to cover your hair” or “nobody here can make you wear that”, I am proud that I CHOOSE to cover

  15. I doubt the women in question 14 are Sikh actually, since neither of them are wearing the kara (bracelet). Also, I didn’t realize so many Christians (including Copts and Christians in Pakistan) pray with the palms facing upward.

  16. You are rude!!! Give us some credit and not make us feel so stupid.

    • I apologize, it was supposed to be light hearted.

  17. Geez. You don’t suppose that might have anything to do with the fact that all three of the “Major World Religions” came from the same little tiny part of the earth, now do you? The CULTURAL BACKGROUND of all 3 was the same. Maybe it’d surprise you to know that MEN in those areas also culturally wore a type of head covering as well? Geeeez! Maybe it’s because that area was/is well known for SAND?! :O

  18. Nah. This Quiz just lets us know how many religions evolved in the same sandy (and sandstorm prone)little bit of the world. It’s cultural. Not oppressive. People emulate what they like/admire.

  19. I am from a biblical Hebraic church and I know several women in my congregation wear a head covering weather it’s a hat or a scarf because they want to show their love and respect for God they do not feel ashamed of what God made them they rejoice in it and they do it because they want to be respectful to God not to mention they use it as a “portable” prayer closet so to speak but to the person who made this quiz shame on you !! Instead of leaving a condescending and hurtful remark that is sure to turn people off to learning about God you could leave a educational and interesting bit of information instead
    “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”
    1 Corinthians 13:1-3

    Without love all our actions are for naught. Search yourself today and if you find love then rejoice! But if you do not, then humbly beg Abba to give you a heart of flesh.

  20. “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”
    1 Corinthians 13:1-3

    Without love all our actions are for naught. Search yourself today and if you find love then rejoice! But if you do not, then humbly beg Abba to give you a heart of flesh.

    It is good that you share this information BUT the way you are hurtful in the end does nothing but discourage others from learning about God and other religions and why should they if all you do is leave a sour taste in there mouth I say this with love honey I Really do but quit being so condescending and self righteous to others who have not been able to study out cultures and religion in other parts of the world and Know there are many women who wear a hair covering by will and choice how ever you also have to understand that some women Trully do not believe they have a choice because they have been taught that being a women is a disgrace please make sure you understand that not all women are suppressed but there are some out there that are

  21. I wear a Headscarf it`s not oppression it`s called respect, modesty. The media brain washes peoples mind instead of listening to the media people open your minds it`s the one`s that listen to media that are brain washed literally.

  22. I believe that this quiz can be educational. However, I have never EVER said that wearing head coverings is oppressive and I believe that the comments at the results section of this quiz discourage people from trying to learn more. If you want people to be more educated, try to make them feel more welcome. Don’t attack them.

  23. Because of the way the media most of the world feels that Muslim women are oppressed when in fact it is the exact opposite. Islam was the first religion to give rights and status to women. before Islam women were treated as property and chattel with little to no rights… Covering the body was not an act of oppression but an act of distinguishing. Covering the body separated Muslim women from the other women and gave them modesty and respect. Muslim are respected for covering their bodies. it is not something that is forced on any of them.. the ones who do not want to cover do not cover. Just because you find a few who make their wives/daughter/sisters cover to guard their honor and modesty does not mean all do… I am an American and i am disgusted by the way women are made to feel like an outcast if they do not reveal their bodies. If you aren’t half naked or sexy then you aren’t a women… Women in history even in European society covered their bodies and the ones who didn’t were considered lewd and of the low class.. Today the world has become comfortable with this lewdness and has integrated it into everyday living.. A respectable women dresses modestly and carries herself with dignity and piety in every religion.. why is it different for a Muslim woman? if she covers herself then she is oppressed.. there is beauty in covering whether society wants to recognize it or not…

  24. I’m sorry but a lot of you don’t understand head covering at all.. I’ve nv heard anyone or any religion that told would to cover because women are of shame that’s so ignorant of you to say.. Secondly most women wear hijab to show their love for the al mighty not to show that they are worthless.. I wear hijab to show the world that fashion isn’t what I’m on this earth for but obtaining knowledge is my purpose.. The hijab I can’t tell u or any head covering for any religion shows empowerment that they don’t are for societies approval but only the approval of the creator.. If u have nv wore one or don’t knw the true meaning behind it please keep ur ignorant thoughts to yourself and if you become offended about my opinion now u knw how others feel about urs too

  25. Covering up doesn’t make a person oppressed, not being able to act as one wishes and feel comfortable makes a person oppresses. Men and women around the world feel pressure from media ect to be skinny or dress high fashion so they steal or become anorexic that is oppression in a form.

    In other words in sick of illiterate people who think they know shit about anything.

  26. And I suppose agnostic women don’t and will never cover their hair? Even when they live in a region of the world where it’s a cultural practice? Get over yourself. The world doesn’t revolve around you, and no one cares to change how “against” religion you are. I didn’t feel insulted at the end, just confirmed in my belief that YOU have no right.

  27. Interesting perspective and I agree with you, if you dont even know what she believes how can you say it oppresses her!

  28. then if hair is private, why don’t men cover their hair?

  29. I got 12 correct. I can distinguish between the religions. I fail to understand the point of the quiz itself…..how does not being able to tell them apart relate to us judging them as oppressed? Everyone has a right to their opinion…. the way i see things i dont expect anyone else to see it the same way. my ideas, my beliefs are purely due to my personal experiences. some people will support and appreciate you efforts and some just wont…when you want others to respect your opinion and your religious beliefs you should do the same!

    FYI i am a non believer…born into a muslim family converted into a non believer of religions..All religions..very happy!!! Now you judge all you want.

  30. When religions encourage modest dress and/or head scarves,they are not implying that being a woman is shameful in the eyes of God. Throughout time, the woman’s face and her body has constantly been objectified. Men do not pay attention to the intelligence or beliefs of a woman, rather they pay attention to her beauty or her sexual appeal. Wearing a head scarf or dressing modestly tells a man that he should value a woman for her intelligence,values,and beliefs rather than her beauty. She is his equal.

    I think there is a lot to learn from traditions like the hijab. Sadly, we live in a society where your skin color,your ethnicity,or your beauty can give you certain advantages in life both professionally and personally.People need to realize there is more to a woman than her body.

  31. Have you forgotten that there are still MILLIONS of women that di not get to choose their clothing? In many countries women are FORCED to cover not only their hair but the whole body abd even the face.

    That is the reality. Of course tgere are women who get to choose but that is not the whole truth about vails. And why don’t men have the same rules?

  32. Peace! Hi, I am a Muslim. I chose Islam over 11 years ago. I cover wear hijab. I am not oppressed. Actually it is one of my very favorite directives given in the religion. It is also one of the most liberating.

    If you are willing to expand your mind a little, here is my perspective on it:
    “My outer appearance is not a display of beauty but of the fact I have more important things on my mind.

    Hijab has given me the freedom to move through the world with dignity and respect I had not known before it.”

    http://youramericanmuslimneighbor.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/covering-up-the-hijab/

    I hope this helps you realize that your perception is incorrect. You have a lot to learn, and maybe you shouldn’t criticize a religion or its people without knowledge.
    Peace.

  33. that’s an unfair question. s/he doesnt even know what that is. Expecting bigots to be educated is probably one form of oppression or another.

  34. :D:D:D hahaha this comment just tells us how uneducated and ignorant you are :))

  35. Hello! Being agnostic, from what I understand, means that you are not willing to speak or take a position on something about which you have no knowledge- or perhaps something you believe to be unknowable (the existence of God, and whether or not a Creator has provided guidance for life)

    That, in my opinion is a more noble position than claiming to know there is no God, as atheists do.

    So with that conscientiousness, I am really surprised at how judgmental your comment is.

    I am a Muslim for more than a decade. I learn Islam daily for all those years and read Quran every day. I cover my body (wear hijab). And I am not oppressed. My religion and my hijab are liberating. They give me freedom and understanding so far beyond what you can probably imagine.

    Maybe it is possible to expand your mind a little and imagine that there is more you don’t know than you know. This puts you in a position where you are capable of learning and growing.

    I wish you the best. Peace.

  36. I did badly on the test, but I do not call it “oppression” when women of whatever religion choose to wear head coverings. I was brought up in a Christian sect that says women should wear head coverings too. Even in the small out-of-the-way sect I grew up in, I learned very early that women wearing head coverings was a lightning rod for controversy. People shunned my mother and us kids because we wore them. Again, let me repeat…I have never been on board with criticizing women of any faith for wearing head coverings. I have never called it “oppression.” SO I VERY MUCH DID NOT NEED THE SNARKY LECTURE IN THE GRADING RESPONSE, thank you. You could have worded it less judgmentally toward the test-takers.

  37. I dont see hijab as oppresion. I have no idea from where ppl got this concept. I know that for a lot of ppl media is main source of knowledge and wisdom, but hey wake up no body force coverted women to wear hijab, no body. Specially those who live in Europe and US. Modest clothes actually give you freedom, and comfort in live. I dont have to wear clothes which fashion is forcing me to wear, i dont need atract men on streets. My value is bigger than that, every man on street dont need to see how my body look like, and all my beauty is for man im married to. Hijab is not piece of clothes on head, hijab is abt modesty and not treating women as sexual object.

  38. Wearing Hijab is a symbol of oppression. Hijab as mentioned in this quiz does not belong to a certain religion but all, also not only religion was a core but the other part of the culture of the society. Which means MEN would want their women to be covered so other people won`t look at them, as if women were part of their belongings, of course that was then.
    But now women are defending Hijab claiming they chose to wear it, but the reality is, since they were a child they have bombarded with their parents ideology and religion, “learning” the benefit of the Hijab! Therefore they have been brain wash since childhood! So there is NO CHOOSING but the force of ideology from early childhood…

  39. I’m an Israeli from Jerusalem and I don’t see any problem with women attempting to be modest, what ever that means to them within their culture. It’s not modesty that’s a problem but arrogance and violence. The only women I ever heard of who killed anyone with a headscarf was Isadora Duncan (and she did it to herself by accident). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isadora_Duncan#Death

  40. the problem has never been in wearing Hijab, it has always been about forcing women to wear Hijab from early ages and am talking about ages nearly 5 years while Islam granted women the freewill to wear Hijab or not, and what makes it worse the roles they set for Hijab that the women should cover all here body including face while none of the religions “sorry to use the word religion because in reality it is not the Islam religion, it is the people misunderstand for their religion” all over the world ask the women to cover their head including face and you can find the proof in the pictures you have shown above

  41. Two points to make:
    If uncovering oneself denotes freedom, then men of all races must be the most oppressed creatures. In any ‘free’ culture, we see men hardly ever uncovering themselves as much as the women. Comparing the dressing of a man and a woman from, maybe 75 years back, with those of today, anyone can see that the women have taken off much more than men. (No nitpicking please. I am speaking in general, and for the average in the society)
    Secondly, is it oppression of a woman, if I, a wife, am not allowed by my husband to cover my hair to obey my Lord, just because he does not like it?

    And just for general information regarding critical comments made by so many people, a large number of jews have been living in Yemen for centuries.

  42. Everyone has a right to their choice, as I read in the Qur’an, “there is no compulsion in religion’. A person will choose a religion if he/she can feel its truth. If history shows us that people were made to choose a certain religion, it is the enforcers’, and not the religion’s fault.
    This quiz seems to be an attempt, to put one perspective out there, and I am sure, it was not unnecessary. You can ignore it if it does not appeal to you.
    Anyone can choose their beliefs as to what seems right. But as humans, with consciousness and a conscience, we are required to check our options with a clear and open mind.

  43. The “modern” women is so opressed by the need to be naked, good looking… just for bottled water selling a woman is (ab)used.. this are just some points of opressed women.

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Quiz: Can you tell her religion from her head covering?