Pregnant Muslim Rapper Mona Haydar Challenges Islamophobia
This is an incredible year for pregnant women leaning in. Writer/actress Alice Lowe made her directorial debut Prevenge while she was 7 1/2 months pregnant, and starred in the twisted thriller to boot! A preggo Anne Hathaway challenged herself to front in the absolutely brilliant Kaiju comedy Colossal (which hits theaters this week!) And Muslim rapper Mona Haydar relishes in her pregnancy pride in her music video, “Hijabi,” an anthem with wit and attitude that challenges the Islamophobia festering in America.
Haydar challenges preconceptions about Muslim women with lyrics like, “Bet yo hair look nice/ How long your hair is / You need to get yo life” and “You only see Oriental / You steady working that dental / You poppin off at the lip / And run ya mouth like a treadmill / Not your exotic vacation / I’m bored with your fascination.”
Check it out her flow and swagger below:
Hear what Haydar has to say about the track and its video here:
Wrap - or rap - that hijab. 🎶 pic.twitter.com/YoUZCriZxU— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 5, 2017
Too often Muslim women get pulled into the feminist conversation as assumed victims. Meaning those who don’t know their culture assume all women within it are oppressed (more so than in secular patriarchy), and that they are forced to adhere to modest modes of dress. We saw this at last year’s summer Olympics, where skimpy women’s volleyball uniforms were championed as empowering, while the hijab-wearing team was interweb jeered for their modesty. That lack of inclusivity and understanding is a feminism fail, flat-out.
With “Hijabi,” Haydar celebrates her culture, while pointing out that a woman’s choice to dress modestly can be just as feminist as bearing your bare tits at a protest. After all, Feminism is about the freedom to choose.
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