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Pulling off a woman's hijab


So I know this is a bit of a heavy topic however there is a lot of racism and Islamophobia circling around right especially in the U.S where people feel emboldened in their prejudices.

I saw this tumblr post asking what the correct procedure wold be if you saw someone pulling off a woman's hijab(this is actually happening). Both for men and women. Should you focus on the woman,confront the attacker?

I read the opinions on tumblr but I want to hear form all you ladies. We can't really afford to keep silent and let things like this stand by(bystander apathy is the worst). What are your opinions on this and whatever you might like to share on the issue, I'd love to hear it. 

Usually when you try to start discussions like this you just get heavily bigoted remarks from people so I hope everyone can keep it respectful. :)
May 17, 2017 @ 05:23 pm

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I'm not very strong so I don't know if I would be much use going after the attacker, but I would make sure to take photos of her or him to ensure he or she feels the full force of the law!

I saw another viral video of a woman who was kicked out of a bank that had a "no hoods" policy in the States. A hoodie and a hijab are nowhere near the same thing! So weird.
May 17, 2017 @ 05:41 pm


Personally I think it's horrible that anyone would do that. It's hard to know what I would do in the moment but I don't think I could just ignore it.
May 17, 2017 @ 05:41 pm


thats awful....I would prob call the police immediately...
May 17, 2017 @ 05:43 pm


confront the attacker
May 17, 2017 @ 08:49 pm


Oh my I had no idea that was actually going on, that's very sad! I couldn't imagine actually seeing that but I would not confront the attacker because you never know if they have a weapon or not but I would call the police and offer compassion to the victim.
May 17, 2017 @ 10:22 pm


not an easy answer

I guess I'd try to offer something for the woman to cover up (if she wished) and then go after the attacker
May 17, 2017 @ 11:26 pm


It really sadden's me that this kind of stuff is happening! I think I would offer compassion to the person and make sure they are okay. Then I would call the police because who knows what type of weapon the attacker has on them.
May 18, 2017 @ 01:52 am


I love the compassion coming through here! This is what we need in the world,to see each other as human beings instead of just" oh they're different form me,i hate them".

Anyway from what I've read you should immediately cover the woman's head with something (it's as if someone pantsed them in public to them) and try to comfort them but do not put yourself in harms way with the attacker. Try to shoo them away but don't start anything,the victim is the priority as well as your own safety.

If you are a man then you should look away form the woman but still offer her something to cover her head with while keeping a respectable distance. She just had something horrible happen to her and a man being too close might make her even more afraid. Lead her to a safe place.

These are just some tips if you see this happening. This is also a good protocol if you see anyone being harassed, comfort the victim and try to lead them into a conversation and away form whoever is harming them.Helping someone doesn't always mean confronting the attacker and putting yourself in harms way.
May 18, 2017 @ 06:06 am


No doubt about it, I would call 911 and jump in to try to stop the attacker. Whatever your religious views are, you keep that to yourself and let others believe in what they believe in. Not all muslims are bad people, most are trying to get away from their dangerous countries and want peace, happiness and freedom. I'm not trying to start any controversy, but if everyone in the world stopped judging everyone, it would be such a better place.
May 18, 2017 @ 07:54 am

Hard question

I don't tthink I Would get in the way of a attacker but I would yell and make a lot of noise and call 911 (hoping the attention will scare off the attacker) as I don't want to put myself at risk. After that, I would tend to the woman to see what she needed, if she was okay, etc.
May 21, 2017 @ 07:52 pm

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