Wordless Wednesday: Men Also Cover Their Faces

A laborer working as a gardner on a dusty day in Doha.

 

For many years I’ve been thinking about how ironic it is that in a region where people focus on women veiling (and whether or not they are forced to cover) we ignore that men use veils as well for various reasons.

One of the most commons ones that I’ve always wanted to take a photo of (and this week’s post gave me the excuse) is of laborers in Qatar. They wrap their faces against the heat, or in cases like today, the dust.

These face wraps would be considered criminal masks elsewhere in the world.

But here they are not only widely used, they are necessary for survival.

 

DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 04:  Arabic women walk a...

DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 04: Qatari women walking on the corniche (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

 

 

 

 

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Mohana has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. She is an award winning writer of novels, memoir and academic books. Check them out Amazon.com author page

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2 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Men Also Cover Their Faces

  • jaya says:

    too true.. and this is the reason the arab men wear the traditional headscarf, gutra.
    you must have seen a long list of hollywood movies where arab men cover their face in the harsh sun and sandstorms.

  • Nikki says:

    Great post and very true. The amount of dust those poor workers inhale is awful to think about…

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