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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden


There’s something uniquely feminine about a woman who is hidden from view. Some people believe women who are covered like this woman are unhappy, oppressed, and forced to live under a shroud of darkness as invisible ghosts in the countries in which they live. Visiting the Middle East gave me a first-hand experience with the differences and similarities between our two cultures. I will never know what this woman looks like, but the contrast with the Western idea promoting baring as much as one can get away with in public is more than a fashion choice or cultural restriction.

  1. October 31, 2011 at 1:40 am

    While as Westerner it is difficult for me to understand the taking of the veil, it is an intriguing notion that what is hidden can be more alluring. Like this take on hidden.

  2. October 31, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Living in Dubai right now made me understand that women wear it because they have a faith that they want to profess and not really about being oppressed. 🙂

    • October 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate your perspective since you are living in Dubai (hope to visit Dubai some day).

      • November 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

        You should 🙂 It’s a nice city!

  3. October 31, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    yeahh..they always look sad don’t they?

    • October 31, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      The veil is a multi-dimensional topic. The women who wear veils (to any degree) to not always look sad. While I Jordan I met many women who were happy, vibrant, and strong. The media would like us to believe they are all sad, but that’s not accurate.

  4. November 1, 2011 at 3:35 am

    love this take on the theme – i was sent an interesting e-mail with a picture of a woman in a burka, and another woman in a bikini with the same caption – both oppressed by men…interesting thought

    • November 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Since men don’t make us wear bikinis (and other exploitive clothing), are they really to blame on that one?

  5. November 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    A short but profound and thought-provoking post.

    You are right. What’s hidden here is not only her face but also her emotions and thoughts. And we who live in a different culture cannot say with certainty what those are. We cannot automatically assume that how ‘we’ feel about something is similar to how ‘they’ feel, too.

  6. November 3, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Good post – we should not judge a book by its cover or lack there of. What is the difference between a cloth veil or a surfeit of make-up anyway? Both hide the true face of the individual!

    • November 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Yet one is criticized and the other is glamorized.

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