By Bernie on 10 Dec 2006
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While some Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia have their Religious Police enforcing the wearing of the abaya, Indonesia last week hosted the world's first ever fashion show of Islamic clothing.
Fashion Gates, First fashion show of Islamic clothing in Indonesia
The country is the world's most populous Muslim country and many of the religion's specific sartorial intricacies were featured on the catwalk including silky traditional dresses, long skirts and veils.
Indonesian batik outfits plus an array of colourful scarves and beadwork all had a turn on the runway, plus metallic gold or copper fabrics.
Musa Widyatmjo, supervisor of the Indonesian fashion designers' association, told Reuters: "Muslim fashion should not be identified with long, black, scary attire, but Muslim women can appear in nice, trendy, up-to-date fashion.
"Indonesia is a trendsetter for Muslim fashion, followed by Malaysia."
But let's hear some unadulterated crap about the real reason women must be covered up:
Aussie Muslims.net, Funky fare for Muslim fashionistas
I want Muslim women to wear Muslim fashion every day. It does not have to be Lebaran or any special occasions to wear Muslim fashion," said Jeny Tjahyawati, one of the eight designers who participated in the show, referring to the Muslim feast that marks the end of the fasting month.
"There are more and more women wearing Muslim fashion to parties. It can provide comfort since it is loose and it can also protect women from perverted men if they walk alone at night."
Some designers and models said modest Muslim clothing was appropriate to prevent crimes against women such as rape, touting an argument often used by clerics to convince women to cover up.
"To cover our head with a veil is a must. The veil must cover the forbidden parts. Women are priceless things, the more priceless she is, the more protection is given," said Samira Mochammad Bafagih, a 25-year-old fashion journalist.
"Men are not likely to seduce women in veils. Thus I feel more comfortable if I walk alone at night. I agree that women without veils are more likely to be seduced. There are quite many rape cases, aren't there?"
Well, there you have it: it's women's fault they get raped. If you look at the model to the right you will have to conclude this pretty well should turn anyone off. But being turned on is not what motivates rapists. As we all now know, Rape is a crime of violence - not passion. Of power and anger - not sexual attraction. I have been sexually attracted to hundreds of women throughout my life, not one of whom had to be forced through physical violence to have sex with me.
What Muslim society needs to address is not women's fashion, but men's attitude towards women. If women were truly honored and respected they could walk naked in the street without fear of being attacked. Indeed, nudist colonies don't have a rape problem, unless of course they live near Muslims. So let's be honest, this is not a modesty issue - it's how Islam views women that promotes violence and rape against women. If Muslims want to be part of the modern world they need to ignore the Quran; that is to say, if you want to be a good American or good European, you cannot be a good Muslim.
Marie Claire hijab
Photo Credit: Debbie Schlussel
Fausta's Blog, Marie Claire's Mecca Stars
Now here's the latest trend: Marie Claire's Mecca Stars, a.k.a. the glamorization of Islam's submission of women. .. Considering how Islam tells men to beat their wives into submission, it's hardly surprising that the first page of the spread highlights an S&M item.
The rest of the photos feature several extremely thin young women (a polygamist's wives?) wearing a lot of make-up, huge sunglasses and expensive accessories, not unlike the first woman I saw wearing the veil at Harrods almost thirty years ago. Unlike the woman I saw at Harrods, their black clothes are form-fitting. On one page they even wear Chanel jackets on top of them, which had me wondering what the Saudi religious police would do, considering that they would have school girls burn to death rather than allow them to leave a burning building unveiled.
It's lovely how women who think they're so liberated they'll cheer anything anti-American, are embracing their future enslavers. Don't let the cover of December's Marie Claire fool you. Inside are not photos of Ashley Judd's breasts, like on the cover. Instead, lurking inside is a 13-page spread of Islamofascist fashion... and an article cheering a lawyer for Gitmo terrorists. Yes, this mag is full of chic... or full of something that sounds similar
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