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18) List: Hijab Pros and ConsBy umber76
I don't have to do my hair
When my stylist butchers my hair, it is not as much of a tragedy
It keeps my ears warm when it is cold
I can wear all those low-cut blouses that are in and use my hijab to cover up
I don't have to worry who I'm flashing when I bend over
I'm always appropriately attired for prayer
Random people say "salaam" to me
I have a lot of hijabs (would be a shame to waste them)
Slimey guys never hit on me or check me out (but the cute ones don't either! :-P)
I never have to deal with inappropriate attention at work (which can be very uncomfortable)
People don't swear around me
I can clean my glasses with it (my glasses are perpetually dirty and I usually wear soft cotton/knit hijabs)
It reminds me to be a better person and inspires me to live up to it
It is a form of dawah/political activism
If I feel ugly, I can blame it on my hijab
I never have to blend my make-up onto my neck -- you know how some women's faces look like they belong on a different body?..especially in pictures..
It keeps me from making too many compromises with my wardrobe -- I'm careful about skirt length, pant length, sleeve length, showing my chest, etc.
It kinda suits me -- or so I've been told
I wear it well -- I'm don't look sloppy and I usually keep it in place
It is hot
I feel as attractive as a middle-aged Eastern European woman -- except without the tree trunk legs
I induce guilt in everyone around me
I can't wear my necklaces or earrings.
I am perceived as either the perfect angel or a close-minded mulani about to spew religious dogma
When I'm with another hijabi and a guy, I feel like I need to wear a T-shirt saying "I'm not the other wife."
My mom worries I'll end up marrying a guy who will never let me leave the house
It makes trying on clothes in stores really annoying -- one more thing to take on and off
I miss my neck and collarbones
The collars of my shirts get covered up
It makes it harder to hear in a very noisy place -- and I've never been good at lip reading either
Guys "respect" me too much to talk to me normally.
I always have hijab head (you know, like hat head)
I hate having the stubborn fly-away hairs from underneath hijab
On windy days I have to worry about both my skirt and my hijab
I am always an object of curiosity