As far as I know there are two common sides to this argument from non-Muslims.
On one side, there are those who take a look at all the oppression of women in the middle east, as well as what a lot of strict Muslims have said about women/hijabs, and they say that if a women comes to a free country and still wears her hijab that it is because she was brainwashed to do so. She does not understand her freedoms and still feels the need to cover up because she is an object at the hands of men. Either that, or she is pressured into wearing it by perhaps a more conservative Muslim family. On the other side, there are those who say that the hijab is a personal choice, or even a feminist statement: rejecting the societal pressure of maintaining a beauty standard by covering up. It is a women's choice to do as she pleases, and it is empowering for her to make that choice, even if it means keeping her hijab on.
Personally I don't really understand the last argument at all...the hijab, as far as I know, was not designed to be a symbol of empowerment. And you don't need to cover up to reject beauty standards. Another thing I always see is hijab-wearing women who still wear makeup or are into fashion. If the point of the hijab is to reject beauty standards, why would you try to further artificialize yourself according to beauty standards by modifying your face? (Not that I dislike makeup, it just seems hypocritical in this instance.)
What do you guys think? Would love to hear a Muslim perspective as well
What do you think about hijab?
It's a symbol of sexism42.86%
It's a woman's choice57.14%