Friday, November 19, 2010

You won't believe this!

Something just occured to me a little while ago, so I dug around all the myriad piles of uniform stuff occupying my room (courtesy of Uncle Sam). And I found it. And tried it on.

According to the military, it is a "Fire Resistant Improved Lightweight Performance Hood", but by my calculations, it is hijab. It's hijab, and it's cold, so I can wear it outside! By golly, I'm going to wear it as often as I can get away with! That's why I'm grinning behind my hand. Because this is SO AWESOME.

On a side note, what do you gals think about the airport body scanner debate? I understand the need for tighter security measures, but at the same time, I don't like the prospect of a more invasive pat-down for those who opt out of going through the scanner. Either way, it's definitely a big invasion of privacy. You either go through the scanner and have some person - who could very likely be male, but you'd never know because the person who looks at the image is in another room - see you down to your undergarments (a mortifying thought) or you opt out and get practically strip searched as a result.

I know the TSA folks are just doing what they're told. The guy or gal running the machines and doing the searches doesn't have a say in the matter. They're little person on the totem pole. And I know that my hijab will make me a more likely target for paranoia, but not wearing it when I have the opportunity isn't an option. *sigh* This is one case where technology is more a curse than a blessing. (Unless they actually catch a bad guy would-be terrorist via this process.)


  1. *lol* Cool. I'm happy you can wear a hijab some of the time through your cleverness! :)

    I'm not comfortable with the new full body scanners. As you pointed out, I have no idea who is looking at the monitor on the other side. Sure, 90% of the people will look at it as just a job, no problem. But there's that other 10% that will get off on it. And even the ones who don't, if they're men, seeing a woman in her underwear is still arousing. Why do they think boys too young to buy actual porn mags use underwear catalogues instead? I'm also not convinced that they're safe. Sure, they say that the low levels of radiation aren't harmful, but they used to say that about x-rays when they first came out and about a million other things that we now know are unsafe and can give you cancer and kill you.

    I'll personally opt for the pat down, because at least that's another woman. Luckily I don't fly that often so it's not something I'll have to deal with any time soon.

  2. Cute picture! I agree with Amber on the scanner thing so I won't rehash it all. :)

  3. I'm concerned about the radiation, especially with regard to women who may be early pregnant and not know yet. We may see long-term adverse effects on the unborn. Also, it may increase cancer risks.

    It certainly doesn't make us safer. It's all psychological.

  4. Praise the Lord. I LIKE the hijab :D