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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

To Hijab or Not.....One Woman's View.

I may make more comments in a bit…but wanted to respond to this specific point. “There are layers upon layers of conditioning and memorizing and learning since childhood that one needs to dig through to reach an original innocence to start from”
This cultural conditioning was exemplified so very well in the l949 (yep) song:
YOU’VE GOT TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT
ARTIST: Rodgers and Hammerstein
from ‘SOUTH PACIFIC’, 1949
You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught
You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a different shade
You’ve got to be carefully taught
You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You’ve got to be carefully taught
You’ve got to be carefully taught
This was written actually about racism, specifically against blacks…although in the play and movie it is about a Philidelphia man being unable to resolve how his family would take his marrying a Tonkinese girl.
But the essence presented was that yes. Each person must search for their own deep personal conviction about ALL ‘learned’ behaviors. Only those who reach the top level of maturity can do it. Others just take the easy path w/o thinking and say ‘XX’ told me I have to do it, so I do.

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