The tyrannical nature of peer and family pressure in Muslim communities comes to bear on these women, their only hope for emancipation is to be set free by society.
I agree that the hijab is a symptom of sexism. But the idea that women can be "set free" by being fined for wearing a hijab, a law dreamt up primarily by white men in suits, is a sexist solution to a sexist problem. It is pure paternalism, never worrying about the woman's choice.
Society’s rules become the excuse that allows these women to justify their emancipation to their families and communities.
It is easier to say “They left me no choice” than to say “I don’t want to wear it”.
Perhaps, but along the way you will penalize many women who genuinely would prefer to wear a hijab for reasons personal to them.
You will also create a norm in society that these women are deviant, bringing further discrimination for muslim women to the point of hate crime.
Those who prefer to wear a hijab for “reasons personal to them” are just unwilling to admit peer pressure & shame subjugated them to the will of their patriarchal communities.
If anything the hijab creates distrust simply because it evokes a culture whose values the West rejects.
Women in the east wear hijabs for many of the same reasons they would in the west. To avoid unwanted male attention. Women in the west get harrassed, stalked and attacked by strange men on the street every day. Wearing a hijab makes you invisible.
Let me tell you my experience.
As a slim 17 year old girl I would be street harassed literally every time I stepped outside. Then I gained a bunch of weight and I became invisible. It was the most liberating experience of my life.
Being invisible to men is a) true freedom and b) just as essential to personal safety in the east as it is in the west.
Don't talk about the patriarchal communities of the east as if it isn't the case in the west. It's the same shit in a different culture.
"Reasons personal to them" might not just be a cover for patriarchal peer pressure. One reason might be that they get less shit from horny white guys on the streets of London!
You could choose to interpret it that way.
Here's another way: https://youtu.be/t1x5Zu18f7U