Covering and modest/plain dressing can be an act of subversive feminism. Hear me out, because I’m sure some people’s knee jerk reaction to this is gonna be “I didn’t come this far to get slut shamed and told to cover up.” I’m a feminist myself and I’m not a fan of slut shaming either; people that do that can f right off as far as I’m concerned. So for me, the right to veil or engage in modest dressing has nothing to do with the body being impure, or other such puritanical BS; it has everything to do with a person’s prerogative to show as much or as little of their body as they want. I’m using “they” here because men can be feminists too, and I know a gentleman who is participating in veiling as a protest against laws restricting a woman’s right to cover.
The Second Annual Covered In Light Day is tomorrow, Friday, September 20th. I personally cover for ritual, but tomorrow I’ll cover all day in support of those who choose veil and dress modestly, because bodily autonomy is a feminist principle, and because I am the sole arbiter of how much or how little of my body you see, no matter where or when.
If you’d like to join in, but you aren’t sure where to start, here’s a video on tying a tichel-style veil, which is how I usually veil when I’m covering.