Supporting Women Who Cover on September 21

Posted 08-1-2012 at 08:45 AM by HollyRay

On Friday September 21 I plan to wear a head covering of some sort, as part of International Covered in Light Day. It probably won’t look good on me, I will probably get more then my fair share of looks, I may even get a few comments, or hopefully questions, but I’m going to do it and here’s why.

Many women participate in veiling, for whatever reason, and yet so many are being looked down upon as ignorant and oppressed. Are there women you have been oppressed out there covering their hair? Yes. Does that mean covering symbolizes support of oppression? No. Just as I would support a nursing mom who chooses to cover, or not to cover, I support women who choose to cover for whatever their reason may be. That said, I want to share some information about covering.

What exactly is covering?

It’s true some women cover from top to bottom, but I’m specifically talking about veiling/covering of the hair/head.

Why do women cover?

Many cover simply for religious or cultural reasons, at times the religion calls for women to cover, but there is an ever growing number of women who feel called to cover by the god(dess) they worship.

Who cover?

Some of the religions that cover include (but are not limited to) Islam, some sects of Christianity such as Mennonites, and paganism. Not all women of these religions cover, and there are certainly more women of other religious backgrounds that cover, but the point is that more and more women are covering and it is not a black and white issue of covering = oppression.

What are the benefits of covering?

Many women state that they feel empowered when they cover, as if they have gone from girl to woman. Some feel that by covering they are protecting themselves from the constant barrage of negative energy that one can feel when in public. Many women state they feel a deeper connection with their deity, and it is how they incorporate worship in their everyday.

Why International Covered in Light Day?

To stand up for women. Women who choose to veil should be treated as equals no matter how we feel about their religious practice, yet many of these women are subject to gross mistreatment. School bullying, TSA profiling, women are even being forced to take their scarves/head coverings off at work, being spat on in public, and called names like terrorist and killer. Covering our hair for one day is just a small thing we can do to help bring knowledge and understanding to those ignorant enough to persecute these women, and it’s also a way to stand next to these women and show them we support them.

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8 Responses to “Supporting Women Who Cover on September 21”

  1. MDever on August 1st, 2012 10:34 am

    Thank you so very much for sharing this! I now plan to participate as well. I am not a personally religious person but am very interested in different faiths and peoples commitments to them. I was thrilled to see how many women were participating in the Summer Games this year wearing the hijab.

  2. weesej on August 1st, 2012 11:02 am

    Thank you for addressing this topic. As a Christian woman converted upon adulthood, I made the decision to wear a covering at the age of 24. I was not raised in a cultural setting where this was practiced.

    Covering is a specific Christian doctrine, as outlined in 1 Corinthians 11….think back 100 years…all Christian women wore a covering, or at least a hat to church. It is also followed by directions to follow the Lord’s Supper (communion) which all Christian denominations still follow. I realized that just because our culture had changed, God’s word had not.

    My covering is a daily reminder of my obedience to God and His headship order. It is also a symbol of modesty and a reminder that my body, in its created beauty and glory is not to be decorated, but saved in secret for my husband alone.

    When I am in public, it also serves as a beacon for those who are seeking and have questions. No one came to ask me questions about my faith before I covered. But, now I look distinctly different from the world and am identified as a Christian, and I often have people coming with questions, giving me opportunity to share the love of God!

  3. chandni3 on August 1st, 2012 11:24 am

    Thanks for this post. I have partially covered on and off. I like covering my head/hair but it got to be a pain with a baby with always having to adjust it and of course, it takes courage to stand out, something I don’t always have. I want to get back to it.

  4. musicmom2x on August 1st, 2012 5:50 pm

    I love that you have posted this. I already planned to participate. I have never covered, I am kindof interested in how people will react on the 21st of September. I hope that many women will stand up for each other on this day.

  5. spring13 on August 1st, 2012 8:45 pm

    I’m so impressed to see that this made it over here. I am Orthodox Jewish and cover my hair for religious reasons – it’s something that married Jewish women do, in various ways. I’ve definitely experienced anxiety and gotten weird looks because of my mode of dress, even though I’m totally confident about my choice.

    So i can speak for the many women i know who cover (including pagans, Christians, Muslims, and others) that it’s really heartening to see that people are getting it, and being supportive of our choice to dress in a certain way.

  6. 7arrows4Christ on August 2nd, 2012 10:46 pm

    Excellent post! Especially convicting is weesej’s response. Thank you for such a biblically sound explanation, it was such an encouragement to me, and I hope to others as well. I covered for 8 years in obedience to 1 Corinthians 11, and wore dresses/skirts only in following the Lord’s standard of dressing modestly. I was married to an alcoholic/unbeliever and he chose divorce. I was devastated and took off my covering….that was 8 years ago. I am now remarried to a Christian man, but he does not believe a woman needs to cover. I have felt such a calling to do so again, but he does not agree at this time. Still praying about this matter, and if I had to go back again, I would not have quit out of despair and rebellion. Thank you again for sharing!

  7. shouldbedoinglaundry on August 3rd, 2012 1:34 pm

    Thank you for your post; it is very enlightening. I never knew that even Christians cover! I always thought of it as an Islamic practice.

  8. brewanothercup on August 6th, 2012 12:01 pm

    Very interesting post. As a high school teacher, I think my participation might be an interesting point of cultural awareness and discussion. Thanks so much for posting!

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