For my non-Muslim (and non-practicing Muslim people out there) please don’t dress up as a Muslim woman. I beg of you. You may call me a killjoy or a wet blanket. You may ask me what’s wrong with “becoming someone else” for one day. I’d ask that you read this post over at Racialicious. A friend of my mine who lives near the University of Minnesota told me that she saw a man dressed in an abaya and hijab. Apparently, he was a Muslim/Arab woman (his words) for Halloween. My friend and her husband actually tried to engage the man in a conversation about his “costume.” They wanted to explain why his outfit was offensive. However, the man saw nothing wrong with appropriating the [cultural] dress of a Muslim woman. He wished them a Happy Halloween before telling them that they should “lighten up.”
I have a Caucasian friend who is Muslim and she wears the hijab and abaya everyday. On Halloween last year, a guy approached her and told her “now is not the time to wear a costume like that.” He was baffled when my friend told him that she was not wearing a costume. *sigh*
So, I reiterate, please spare us all and do not don a costume as a Muslim woman (or your idea of a Muslim woman.) Many of us are not laughing or amused. Thank you!