Muslim Woman: I Was Treated Very Differently When Winter Weather Gear Covered My Hijab

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A Chicago Muslim woman’s essay detailing her accidental experiment of having her hijab concealed by winter weather clothing appears to have had a deep resonance far beyond “Chiberia.”

In a Feb. 7 post titled “I Took Off My Hijab,” Blogspot user leenamielus described what happened after she began layering up with a knit hat and scarf wrapped around her neck amid the Windy City’s historic cold this winter:

“People started talking to me more. Women would speak to me like I knew them since forever. Men looked at me like I was actually approachable. And I was made to feel like I was actually from this planet.”

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