Friday, February 8, 2019

Women in White

From The National Review:
Clothing is powerful. That’s why I was disturbed by the decision of Democratic congresswomen to wear white to the State of the Union address. Wearing white was the style code for the event, decided by Florida congresswoman Lois Frankel, who said that when Donald Trump looked out into the House Chamber during the address, he would “see a sea of Suffragette white, sending the message loud and clear…” 
For me, their message was indeed loud and clear. 
I will, as million of women do, wear white on my (eventual) wedding day. I’ll wear white on Easter Sunday. White represents purity and life, and is often reserved for special occasions. In Syria as elsewhere, the color of clothing holds a very significant role in the culture, especially during mourning. And having been raised around the Syrian tradition, I was especially crestfallen to see white worn by these specific women, especially during a time where millions of Americans, including myself, are mourning the recent New York abortion legislation and Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s barbaric remarks on “post-birth abortion.” 
In Syria, it’s a tradition for women to wear black for several months (or, in older times, even years) following the death of a family member. Widows will wear black for the rest of their lives after their husband’s death — my grandmother has worn black nearly everyday since the passing of my uncle (her son) in 2006. Black is so symbolic to Syrians, that when I was a child, I still remember my mother telling me that it was “haram” for me to wear all black clothing. Black clothing symbolizes death, impurity, and loss. (Read more.)

1 comment:

julygirl said...

They profane all that was once considered sacred.