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These haunting masks speak their own silent, feminist language

27 Aug 2020

By sidestepping the male gaze, these masks are meant to empower women to communicate on their own terms.

The Bandari women of the Persian Gulf have worn the niqāb for centuries, a mask that is said to have been first worn to escape the leery gaze of slave masters. The only part of the face it reveals is the eyes.

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