People would always ask, why Muslim women need to wear a head scarf or a hijab? Really, why constraint the women from wearing what ever they want, like in one of the song,
" this is the western and you are free,
you don't need to be afraid, ashamed of your femininity"
why bother to hide the fact that you are a female? Well, when i learnt English subject in my college life, i learnt about media and how it works. From years back, women are only given two roles in the media portrayal, or in precise, women are stereotyped with only two roles;
gender roles and sex objects (read more)
sex objects - women are used to attract more people to watch movies and to sell products.
We once argued in class, teacher said that she didn't understand why for selling cars, beautiful half naked women need to be in the advertisement, and one of the guys in my class answered, because both cars and women appeal guys! proven right? women are only used as sex object and appeal to make sure that products are sold and we as the audiences are okay with it.
this is where the beauty of Islam can be seen. When a woman wear clothes that covers her body from head to toe, whether people around her wants it or not, they have to see her for who she is and not her body. They have to accept her by her other attributes rather than only her physical attribute. Then only she will be seen for her intelligence or her talents.
Think about it, if women are seen just because of their bodies, what difference do they have with a piece of meat? We see meats whether they are in good condition or not, we did not care whether it was from an intelligent cow or goat (just rhetorically). We only see its physical conditions.
Furthermore,women portrayed in the media are not even normal women. Beauty image sets by the media are not really attainable by normal people; unattainable beauty. Take Barbie dolls for example, a computer generated model shows that if a real human was to have that kind of figure, she can only have a few centimeters of bowel and only half a liver.
How about that? But that is what beautiful supposed to look like, how the image was constructed in our mind subconsciously.
Islam only wants to protect the women from being oppressed and used by others for their own interests. Maybe it is viewed as conservative but isn't it a solution to moral social problems such as adultery and baby killing? not that Islam is denying the nature of human being to love and be loved, but Islam provide a better way for this nature to be fulfilled; marriage. And InshaAllah all the problems faced nowadays can be controlled and even prevented, He knows us best as He is our Creator!