If nudity offends, please don’t read any further. Thanks.
I saw a very tasteful nude calendar that has just come out in solidarity with oppressed women in Islamic countries. H/t Maryam Namazie.
In Islam, the area of the body not meant to be exposed in public is called the awrah, and while referred to in the Qur’an, is addressed in more detail in hadith. In the Sunni tradition, the male awrah is from the navel to knees. Other denominations have differing interpretations. For women, there are different classifications of awrah. In public, many Muslim women wear the hijab and long dresses which covers most of their head and body, with only specific body parts such as hands and face allowed to show. But in front of direct family (parents, children, siblings), the awrah is relaxed further, allowing them to uncover, except between the chest and the thighs. Sharia law in some Islamic countries requires women to observe purdah, covering their entire bodies, including the face (see niqab and burqa), However, the degrees of covering vary according to local custom and/or interpretation of Sharia law.
I was prompted to write this post and tweet after experiencing flashbacks of extremely dark negative nudity times as a child in Goldenbridge. Where ‘screams against a society of violence, racism and hypocrisy’ too, were unable to be heard and went on deaf ears because of the thickness of the child prison walls and the lack of wherewithal.
The religious in Islamic countries rule the roost (as did/still do to a certain extent the religious in Ireland.) Women and children are under the thumbs of patriarchal figures and told how to dress and behave. Every facet of their lives from cradle to grave is controlled by antediluvian patriarchal figures.
Re Nudity in Religion: Islam:
In Islam, it is to show that women and men should be covered in clothing, for nudity has the stigma of shame attached to it.
When they discover their nudity, they are ashamed and cover themselves with fig leaves.
In Christianity, nudity is associated with original sin, an integral aspect to their doctrine of redemption and salvation.
I was also reminded of the shame that penitent Magdalen laundry women and children in industrial *schools* in general were made to feel about their bodies.
I can really empathise with the girls in the film. Children too in Goldenbridge were made to line up and their bodies were mocked and jeered as they were being painted with benzine benzoate by the religious and staff. The fear on their faces speaks volumes!