Ted Talk Thursday | What does my headscarf mean to you?

What does my headscarf mean to you, is a powerful Ted Talk by Yassmin Adbel-Magied. Having lived in the Middle East for years, my perception of the headscarf is one of beauty and courage. Some of the Ladies who I used to see, were stunning, in the care they took in their makeup and the immaculate abayas. As a female in engineering, I can relate to being outnumbered and having to become one of the lads, yet standing out without wanting or meaning to.

Despite having heard the below quote before;

“A son and his father are in a horrible car accident. The father dies on impact and the son, who’s severely injured, is rushed to hospital. The surgeon looks at the son when they arrive and is like, “I can’t operate.” Why? “The boy is my son.” How can that be? Ladies and gentlemen, the surgeon is his mother. Now hands up — and it’s okay — but hands up if you initially assumed the surgeon was a guy?”

I did automatically assume it was a male. It’s bizarre the immediate preassumptions we make, without meaning to.