As a social experiment, I have decided to participate in The Hijab Project for the next 10 days. This means I will be wearing a headscarf in all situations where a man I am not related to might see me. I am doing this to commemorate 15 years since 9/11.
We live in an era where hate crimes against Muslims happen regularly in Canada and the US. I would like to experience what it feels like to be such a visible member of such a loathed and targeted group.
Confession: I’m scared – like really nervous about deliberately giving up some of my privilege. I’m comfortable with the level of privilege I have in my life as a fair skinned non-religious person. However, it seems as though the fact that I am concerned about this is precisely why it would be a valuable exercise.
In the next ten days, I aspire to visit at least the following places while wearing an hijab:
1) A restaurant.
2) A mall.
3) A small town.
4) Pottery class.
5) The grocery store.
6) Sitting at the park and watching children play.
7) The gym.
8) Axe throwing.
9) Foster parenting training.
10) The passport renewal office.
11) Taking the dog out for walks and to do his business.
12) Reading Christianity Must Change or Die by John Shelby Spong in a public place. I’m already reading this book and would feel no qualms about reading it in public without a headscarf on.
I don’t know many Muslims, but if you are Muslim, reading this and have some ideas, tips or advice, I’d love to hear from you so feel free to write me a comment.