Do you think there is a need to reframe what others think about Muslim women?
"In the context of the 'western world,' Muslims in general are stereotyped negatively and Muslim women specifically are stereotyped as submissive, hijab-wearing, and prude, so of course there is a need to reframe this. Muslims are multi-layered and a diverse group of people; some Muslims could identify as such only culturally as opposed to those who identify with it religiously or spiritually.
"Muslim women are black, white, Arab, Asian, etc. They can come from Indonesia or the Netherlands. Muslims are feminists, patriarchal, or neither. Some Muslims are gay and practicing the religion, other Muslims are gay but non-believers. Some want a traditional family, some don't want to get married. Some want to get married but not have children. Muslims can be agnostic or spiritual. Muslims can be secular. They can be converts. Some Muslim women believe in hijab and others don't. Some choose to wear the hijab, and some are forced to wear it. Some remove the hijab and become more devout. Some Muslim women identify as transgender. Some practicing Muslim women wear bikinis at the beach. Some hijab-wearing Muslim women go dancing with their friends, female and male alike. Some Muslim women are patriotic Americans, some have served in the military and some have supported Trump. Some Muslim women have had a Christian upbringing. Some Muslim women date. Some Muslims who live in restrictive societies drink alcohol, other Muslims who live in free societies don't. Muslim women are doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists. They're also artists, musicians, athletes, models, journalists, humanitarians and dancers. Some Muslim women are oppressed, some are free. Muslim women are poor, middle class, and rich. Some even billionaires. Muslim women are beautiful inside out. Some can be bad people too. Muslim women are as diverse as other women in the world. Muslim women are women. Muslim women are human."