I’ve always been amused by how blind some people are to this connection, not to mention other religions in which how one adorns themselves is a significant part of the practice such Pentecostal women or Hasidic Jewish men. 

If someone tells you earnestly that they do a thing because it is part of who they are and what they believe in, take them at their word. In pitying them for being “oppressed”, you’re playing into painfully racist Orientalist notions. Not everyone in the world wants to conform to Western standards.

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