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Should Twitter Have Censored This Biting Comic?

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The social media website Twitter has suspended the account of a comic strip for posting a cartoon which lampooned the debate around whether or not the hijab and other forms of Islamic modest dress for women are feminist or whether they are a form of Islamist oppression of women.

The account had posted many other provocative and controversial comics in the past on different topics. However the offending comic poked fun at those who argue the hijab is a feminist garment, even though it is forced on women around the world by patriarchal societies.

Muslim women in the West who choose to wear the hijab frequently claim their decision to do so is a liberating one and an expression of religious freedom. However in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, women are forced to cover themselves by law. In many other countries women are forced to wear hijab through cultural and social pressures.

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Elliot Friedland

Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.

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