The Second Annual Covered in Light Day is on. It will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013. After last year I’ve come to the conclusion that the issue is much larger than if a woman’s hair is covered with a scarf. The issue is if a woman’s body is truly her own and if it is, does she have the right to display as much or as little as she sees fit.
Too often I’ve read that a woman should show the “good stuff” because her body is communal property. Too often I’ve read that a woman who refuses to be ogled is “oppressed”. Too often I’ve read how a modestly clothed woman is not a “real feminist”.
Enough is enough. A woman has the right to wear whatever she damn well pleases and no one has the right to say that her body belongs to society, that her choice in expressing herself is oppression, that if she wants to wear long skirts then she’s not a “real feminist”. Whatever happened to the idea that a woman has the right to make a choice, even if it is not the social norm?
This year we are focusing not just on women who choose to cover their hair, but we are now also focusing on women who choose to dress modestly.
Often times modest clothed women are subjected to public scrutiny. We are told that our long skirts and high neck-lined tops are signs of oppression. We are told that by covering our bodies while in public we can not be feminists because our bodies *belong* to society.
It is our goal that this year we bring greater awareness to the oppressive nature of these misinformed people. It’s time that a woman truly has a right to choose how she displays her body.
Just to make things very clear from the start (thanks to a few people last year who tried their damnedest to derail the message we were trying to get out to the public): This is a grassroots movement that is open to everyone. Any race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, and creed is welcomed.