Niqab and Hijab Are Onto Something

“Each one of us is truly and fully a person, a word that comes from the Greek word πρόσωπον (prosopon), which means “face.” Saint Sophrony once commented, when receiving a new nun, that monastic clothing is the most personal of all clothing because only the face is visible. The body (veiled) is contextualized by the face. This is the opposite of a pornographic vision, in which the face is contextualized by the body or the body’s actions—because the pornographic is not a personal mode of seeing, but an objectifying one. It is a way of avoiding the face of God.”

— From Object to Icon: The Struggle for Spiritual Vision in a Pornographic World by Andrew Williams

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