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Aren't they fabulous? I'm giving serious thought to ordering that denim dress, which is not only concealing but also has POCKETS. What fool decided women's clothing doesn't need pockets? He (I assume it was a he) needs to be taken out and shot. Imagine men's pants with no pockets. There'd be an outcry. No one would buy them. The designer would be shaken awake in the middle of the night by an outraged Tim Gunn, who would demand to know what on earth the guy was thinking. And in his sleepy, half-awake state, the guy would probably say something like, "Aren't you Tim Gunn?"
So why for Muslim fashion, you are probably wondering. Well, I think I can answer that in a word: Security. I have this bathing suit, see, which looks a lot like this one here. Until I found the aquatard, it was my suit of choice for swimming outside. Not because Buddhists are supposed to cover up in the water, but because of the darn sunlight. I sunburn very easily, you see. What's more, I seem to be mildly allergic to sunscreen, or the waterproofing ingredient in sunscreen, anyway. So the less of the stuff I have to put on, the less cortisone I have to slather myself with once I get home. Both the sunscreens I can use and cortisone are kind of pricey, so it was a cost/benefit analysis.
Plenty of people stared at me in my blue full-length swimsuit. Well, you could hardly blame them. I looked like a refugee from the Smurf Village. But--and here's the important thing--they weren't really staring at me. They were staring at the suit. They couldn't stare at be because they couldn't find me. I was in there somewhere--something had to be animating the Smurf suit--but I was, for the most part, invisible. And as someone who's had a large number of males make eye contact with her third button for most of her life, being invisible was pretty awesome.
My friends who practice magic have told me that it's impossible to truly be invisible. It has something to do with bending light which can't be done because of the way light passes through a void, or something. Being hard to see, though, is not only possible but easy. It's simply a trick of convincing other persons that you are unimportant. Something they can overlook because it's not something to waste a lot of energy noticing, like a potted plant in the room. Do this just right and there is no door marked "Employees Only" through which you cannot sneak. The only people who will see you are those who are actively looking for you, and even they might overlook you because you just don't register as important on their radar.
So try wearing a hijab and an abaya. Poof, you've disappeared. Well, no, you haven't. Again, a lot of people will stare at you, but again they're staring at what you're wearing, not who you are. And they won't notice your big breasts or your fat stomach or that weird thing your knees do because all that stuff is covered up. Security, I tell you. Safe as houses.