I made a political cartoon for English class about issues in school
It focuses on how teens are expected to make career defining choices with barely any experience, and also how parents often take so much authority that their child’s decision is not actually their own
If this gets some notes then I’ll make a colored version
thank fucking you. this defines me a few years ago really accurately
A baseball hat. That was the great hijab workaround my 8 year old mind came up with. My logic was that I could just buy a lot of hats. I was a tomboy, so no one would think that out of character and that way I wouldn’t be different. My hair would be covered (mostly) and everything would be okay.
Sadly, that’s not how the story unraveled and at the age of 13 I was pressured into wearing the Hijab. I resisted and my mother finally acquiesced to some of my demands. I refused to wear long skirts and opted for pants instead. My shirts didn’t come down to my knees and my hijab was never straight, my hair constantly poking out.
To many, hijab is about the way a woman dresses. It’s far more than that. It’s a way of life, a personality you take on. The short definition of hijab would be that a woman is to be neither seen nor heard by anyone other than immediate family and her husband. To move away from this standard would be to bring shame onto yourself and your family.
I would go shopping and try on dresses in the dressing rooms, take pictures, and fantasize about what it would be like to go out wearing them.
I would sit by a window on a hot summer day and imagine what the sun would feel like on my skin.
It took me 13 years to reclaim my body and it’s been a struggle to fit comfortably in my own skin. But each day is a brighter day. And nothing feels as amazing as the sun warming my skin.