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Muslim Woman Claps Back After Hip Hop Twitter Account Uses Muslim Modesty to Shame Black Women

Avatar • May 11, 2016

A World Star Hip Hop parody Twitter account thought they were sending a positive message to their female readers by tweeting an image of Muslim women in Hijab stating, “Ladies, you don’t have to remove your clothes to be beautiful.” One Muslim fan, however, wasn’t here for it. Twitter user Yasmin Yonis posted a thoughtful response in a series of tweets.

Don’t use our black Muslim bodies to shame our fellow black sisters. There’s nothing holy about that. We cover for God. Not men’s approval. ‘m tired of men trying to divide women into “good”/“bad” based off what we choose to wear. It’s not our clothes you don’t respect. It’s us.”

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Beautifully stated.

What do you think of Yasmin’s response? Sound off below!

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Rose
Rose
4 years ago

Yeah, I don’t agree that a Muslim or Christian religion fundamentally based in patriarchy can ever support women’s freedom.

Jerri
Jerri
4 years ago
Reply to  Rose

So sad but so true.

A.P. Millz-CT
A.P. Millz-CT
4 years ago

I agree with Yasmine, but there is nothing wrong with a little modesty.

AuroraMoon
AuroraMoon
4 years ago
Reply to  A.P. Millz-CT

The thing is, a lot of people have different ideas on what’s modest or not. What is considered modest to one person is going to be outrageously immodest to another person out there. You cannot try to please everyone by trying to fit their ideas of what is modest clothing… you have to dress for YOURSELF, and go by your own moral codes, etc. And if others think that you dress “slutty” even though you don’t think you’re slutty at all… then so what? That’s just their opinion, man.

Jerri
Jerri
4 years ago
Reply to  A.P. Millz-CT

There is something wrong when you try to tell other people what to wear.

Tanaquil
Tanaquil
4 years ago

When ever a man starts of something by saying, “Ladies, you don’t have to…”, don’t pay him no mind because he’s generalising and trying to offer his opinion that no one asked for. I’m so sick of Black men doing this! Stop telling us what we should or should not wear, say, or do! Police your own bodies and leave ours alone!!!!

Jerri
Jerri
4 years ago
Reply to  Tanaquil

My thoughts exactly!

Michelle Wilhoite Dockery
Michelle Wilhoite Dockery
4 years ago

The “clap back” was 100% unnecessary. There was NO shaming done in original post. The original post wasn’t saying women who dress un-modestly AREN’T beautiful. The post was saying dressing un-modestly is UNNECCESARY for beauty. Which is 100% accurate. Maybe Yasmine felt ashamed after reading it for her OWN reasons.. not because original post gave her a reason to feel ashamed.

StraightShooter
StraightShooter
4 years ago

I think you missed the point of Yasmin’s response.

Rose
Rose
4 years ago

Actually Yasmin did understand the point and responded very correctly with an important opinion. She said the Muslim woman covers for “God” not Muslim or non-Muslim men. So that meme that was trying to shame the “uncovered” woman by using the bodies of “covered” women. The original posting is puting woman v. woman, but the real problem in a patriarchy is women v. men–violence against women, expecting women to compete for the male gaze, sexual exploitation and slavery of women by men. Yasmin declared that they cover for their own spiritual relationship with “god” and not to be sexy, beautiful,… Read more »

Dee
Dee
4 years ago

yeah, i thought the same…there was definitely a reach.

TWA4now
TWA4now
4 years ago

True…beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Let’s NOT compare…sure, a little covering up is good too. It doesn’t have to be ALL out there.…

Sheila
Sheila
4 years ago

I get what she is trying to say but I think she missed the point of the original post which is disappointing. She went off on a rant when there was no shaming involved at all. If anything, it was a positive post celebrating black beauty and she just went off on a rant — (maybe because she is a Muslim who isn’t wearing the full hijab she took it as some kind of personal attack? I don’t know)

StraightShooter
StraightShooter
4 years ago
Reply to  Sheila

The original comment wasn’t positive. Women don’t need a man to tell us what we should wear. Also, check out the website that the man runs and you will realize he is the last person that should be giving advice.

LadyJustice
LadyJustice
4 years ago
Reply to  Sheila

Nah im sorry but it would seem that you Sir (and yes we know your a guy posing as a female on a womens website) are wrong.

Ronni Duren
Ronni Duren
4 years ago

Lol I think clap back was too much. He wasn’t shaming no one. He simply said women don’t have to remove their clothes to beautiful. Which is a true statement. We live in over sexual size society where a lot women feel that way. She making something out of nothing.

lis
lis
4 years ago
Reply to  Ronni Duren

F OFF NEGRO.

Jerri
Jerri
4 years ago
Reply to  Ronni Duren

He didn’t have to say anything . but he chose to try to put certain women on a pedestal. Women in this picture are Muslim. As the woman who responded stated, they cover up for God, not to deter the male gaze. In other words , they wear what they wear for spiritual reasons, they could care less if men thinks its sexy or not, because its not about men at all. But once again men try to set women against women “See, look at how they’re dressed. They don’t have to uncover just get attention” and they weren’t doing… Read more »

Ronni Duren
Ronni Duren
4 years ago

Also even though he didnt shame them. Alot women need to be shame. Do you see what women wear today compare to back then in 60s. Women can easily say out i can wear what i want etc. Thats an easy copbout. Are you really wearing what you want? Most women are not Wearing these clothes because they want to. Its because fashion industry picks what hot and use media to influence you what to wear. Thats why its billion dollar industry. How how many money major clothing company spend on advertising. You have illusion Of choice. When its not… Read more »

TheLegitObesePanda
TheLegitObesePanda
4 years ago
Reply to  Ronni Duren

No woman deserves to be shamed, actually. Please stop spreading your negativity.

Rose
Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Ronni Duren

I think sometimes we forget that we are born naked. You are talking about the 60s with the assumption that the past naturally holds with it moral superiority and wisdom. Well in the past people also were butt naked, save for a loin cloth or a large leaf. In the past, there was also unchecked and unquestioned amounts of misogyny and patriarchy around the woman and her freedom. In the past, women were seen as property of men. So, no, I don’t agree that the past innately was more just or moral than the present. Current movements around body shaming… Read more »

lis
lis
4 years ago
Reply to  Ronni Duren

F OFF!..

nubian queen528
nubian queen528
4 years ago

We live in pathetic and hypocritical society where be normal we should walk half naked to be consider normal!
People get upset because they can’t judge them how look they are! I am pround black Muslim woman and I only fund peace and modest what I am wearing! I don’t care what people dress because is not my business!

April Caddell
April Caddell
4 years ago

A true compliment would have just been to say, “These women are beautiful.” They are beautiful. But the poster used this “compliment” as an chance to tell other women what to do. And so, the compliment was a veiled attempt to shame other women (no pun intended). As another poster below said, “modesty” is a conflicting term. I grew up Pentecostal. Some dresses many people consider church-appropriate are not considered appropriate by the standards I grew up with. Even the women in this picture have makeup, which by some standards are never modest. And so, it comes down to respecting… Read more »

jazmine
jazmine
4 years ago

Ladies, you don’t have to.…” Fck off…

Elodie Careme
Elodie Careme
4 years ago

Maybe his tweet was a bit “clumsy”. But he was acknowledging both Muslim and non-Muslim women. We should be more supportive of each other in the Black communities. Acknowledge when someone means well and gently correct him when the compliment needs correction. By shutting him down so harshly we are not building tolerance, understanding and dialogue between Black men and Black women…

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