You Get the Best of Both Worlds

What do Hannah Montana and MarJane, from Persepolis, have in common? At first glance nothing, but if you look closer you will see that that they are both great masters of disguise, seriously. With the change of a wig, Miley Cyrus became Hannah Montana instantly. Her true image and identity was hidden with the positioning of the hair piece. Though MarJane didn’t physically transform from one person to another, she can relate the to losing her identity to a headdress; no not to a wig, but a hijab.

In Persepolis, because of the Iran Revolution women were obligated to wear veils. The purpose of this new law was to get women to cover their hair, so that men would no longer get aroused, or as MarJane put it “to protect woman from all the potential rapists.” With the veil, MarJane’s family was forced to conceal their modern ways or else they would be repercussions. Though, the hijab changed her outer appearance, unlike Hannah Montana, MarJane refused to let it repress her rebellious spirit. She never missed an opportunity to express how felt about the veil and the Iran Revolution.

“Is religion defending our physical integrity or is it just opposed to fashion,” is what MarJane rhetorically asked as she stood in front of her class. Interestingly enough, the book emphasized on the social impact of the hijab, but only touched on it’s religious importance twice. It leaves me to believe that for a while not, the religious meaning to the hijab has been overshadowed by its cultural shake up. As a power country, we possess all of the freedoms to do more with this issue. We play the role of being the globe’s celebrity, but what are we doing to help the oppressed. Comfortably, we have the best of both worlds, but our wig is being to lose its impact.

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2 thoughts on “You Get the Best of Both Worlds

  1. Njeri,

    Great post! Your comparison of Hannah Montana to the women in Iran is very appropriate. I believe the underlying difference between the two is that for Marjane, the only choice was to comply.

    The institution and policing of the mandatory hijab in Iran came as a shock to many women were not already accustomed to it. 30 years later, they appear to be the silent majority. It is a complex topic, and I don’t think I’m in the position to make any assertions; however, I think the book could have emphasized how, if at all, the “social inequalities” in Iran have improved under the Islamic regime.

  2. Great job! I thought your introduction was really good. It definitely drew me in to read the rest of your blog. And you make a valid point, with the simple switch of a wig, or putting on the veil, the identities of the Hanna Montana and Marjane completely changed. I would like to add that the movie made it seem like it had more to do with opposing fashion than religious beliefs. That is what I got out of it anyway. I remember a scene in the movie when Marjane was talking to her grandma and her grandma said for her to take off her veil. If it was more of a religious belief then I don’t think her grandma would have said that to her granddaughter. Overall i really enjoyed reading your blog post. Nice job!

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