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What does my headscarf mean to you? | Yassmin Abdel-Magied

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Unconscious bias is a prevalent factor driving culture, causing us all to make assumptions based on our own upbringings and influences. Such implicit prejudice affects everything, and it's time for us to be more thoughtful, smarter, better. In this funny, honest talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied uses a surprising way to challenge us all to look beyond our initial perceptions. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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syncmaster913b (14 hours ago)
It means to me that she believes in flying donkeys and in stoning people to death; that she is best to be avoided.
syncmaster913b (14 hours ago)
Listen to what she says, she grew up and lives in Australia. She has no idea what growing up in a Muslim country is like. Nothing she says in this lecture has anything to do with Islam, but she seems to think that because she identifies as a Muslim, this is somehow in defence of Islam. She was raised in freedom and equality, and now thinks that it is fair to spit on it. She has not attempted to answer the question she presents. 0 marks.
jon holloway (7 days ago)
Yr headscarf means you had nowhere to hang yr wet towel
Johm Martin (7 days ago)
This is the extent of the Muslim intellectual how fucking sad is Islam
Johm Martin (7 days ago)
How many Muslims want Sharia law in the West how many hate gays how many underage white girls got raped by Muslims in england.. how many underage Muslims girls got raped by whites in england.. this woman plays the victim card to level 3 billion... not herd her say anything about Muslim rape gangs ... Islam is not compatible with western values
mohair (9 days ago)
She has little credibility
mohair (9 days ago)
Kasimea Kauvaka (12 days ago)
Everyone should do more research on this lady... She has lots of issues with the Australian government and a far leftist.
Kasimea Kauvaka (12 days ago)
BTW I am not bias and sexist... Ive done my research on this lady and I don't like her ideas! NEWS FLASH! I am against your ideas!
Art Humour (12 days ago)
1:15. Omg ahha this women is ridiculous . She is like feeling 100 % sure that she is giving the best speech ever.
Mahesh Padmanabh (14 days ago)
TED is losing quality real quick by giving platform to such SJWs and propaganda spreading cancerous people. And yea she is no racecar engineer, FSAE teams mostly have women working in non technical domain.
Mahesh Padmanabh (14 days ago)
Don't call yourself a racecar engineer. Even I was a part of an FSAE team and have interacted and mentored a lot of teams. And 99% of the girls in the teams work for corporate and marketing in FSAE teams.
Katy Seam (17 days ago)
i was married with a moslim , but in europe there are no rules. they drink , smoke , do drugs. my faith stays but men , no thank you , twice is more than enough. every country have a different Quran.
Majd Patou Fathallah (23 days ago)
Glenn Turner (27 days ago)
Fat, opinionated and deluded troll. Do you think her parents are the same as her?
Glenn Turner (27 days ago)
I wish these scarf wearing Mullers would just fucking go away or drown in a sea of truth
Binyamin A (26 days ago)
Isn't Mary the mother of Jesus a great example?
Glenn Turner (27 days ago)
Do ya like the fake applause at the beginning of the video... Ya just know that there is more lies and bullshit to follow
hsdadiala (30 days ago)
Muslims keep on complaining and proving others fault all the time. Do some work yourself in a Muslim country. Why become parasites and leaches on Christian built countries. Her muslim dress shows the intentions of it's maker, therefore our subconscious brain tells us its regressive. On the contrary the dress made by scientific man (christian) is progressive cause it does not bias on basis of gender and in-fact it benchmarks progressive human mind. Best of luck but it was a rather poor try to mislead others.
hsdadiala (18 days ago)
+Binyamin A We know you followers of satan simply when you open up your filthy mouth. You are full of hate and filth for anything that is good. Show us any livable country you devil worshippers have made where other humans can go for medicine or to study modern science. You are the gnomes, critters and cockroaches of darkness who are trying to deceive the ones from whose hands you steal your food. Keep on hating and ridiculing others no one believes you. Your religion has shown No example in history for Compassion, sacrifice, love and kindness, Nor any remorse for the bloodshed of innocents you have done in recent years or long back.
Karl Pagan (18 days ago)
+Binyamin A FUCKING PIG.
Binyamin A (26 days ago)
Hahahahaa Mother of Jesus never dressed like you scums, she dressed and covered herself just like us. Go wear your chrisitan progressive bikinis, Jesus will support you. Hhahaha Sarcasm. Jesus will never support people who stay naked and run strip clubs and turn women into objects. Christian's have the highest rate of bastards Hahahahaha. Too much adultry. Christian wiped alot of ethnicities in americas,africa and Australia. Hahaha Christian's make and sell weapons and even freely give to rebel groups. HahahahH
boson96 (30 days ago)
Hijab is a symbol of subjugation and misogyny perpetrated by a regressive religion, and no amount of cultural whitewashing would change that.
Binyamin A (26 days ago)
Hahahhaah Say what you will, hijab isn't goin anywhere
Jay Patel (1 month ago)
Then go back to desert women where your male counterpart will keep you in check
Binyamin A (26 days ago)
You must be a cow and monkey worshipper.
Simran Khanna (1 month ago)
I see your scarf and I get sacred and I think you are barbaric, backward thinker......literally !
KOLEKKAZ (1 month ago)
Answer to the title. Headscarf is a symbol of women's oppression in Islam.
Ali Sina (1 month ago)
It means you are part of a death cult and proud of it.
DoctorShrink (1 month ago)
She should go to Saudi and ask to drive a car or claim she is lesbian and see how far her scarf gets her.
Abdalaziz Abdalmahmoud (1 month ago)
loved this talk should enforce it so much , Respect interesting ideas Fascinating of the people, and stories out of folk observations like this
Steve Gardner (2 months ago)
Any speech or essay that begins literally or technically with “As a [fill in the blank]” is, by definition, a treatise on ideology, not truth. One’s unique frame of reference doesn’t inform the underlying structure of reality. Her gender, ethnicity, religion, etc...is what makes her her. It’s not what makes me me or you you. Let’s have a conversation about how unconscious bias exists and has positive results of the advancement of humanity. But don’t confuse it with racism, or sexism, or whatever “ism” defines your personal dissatisfaction with the world you choose to live in.
Mohamed Omar (2 months ago)
what sh just talking is what our lovely religion ordered us we won't like saudi arabia , saudi arabia was a good but backly it became the worst muslim countries
kstr1230 (2 months ago)
rachid benmoussa (2 months ago)
Yasmine I'm born in Edinburgh as are my sisters as is my daughter ,how u dress express yourself your career ,yasmine iv been saying this for years ,but young Muslim woman like my sis and kid need role model like u,you modernise the perception of Muslim woman,I seen her on BBC news this morning ,thank you sis
Anjelina Matcham (2 months ago)
bunch of ignorant motherfuckers in the comments smh
Johnston Clark (2 months ago)
"Lack of opportunity is due to unconscious bias" - PROVE IT. A big statement like that needs big proof. The anecdotes which (supposedly) demonstrated unconscious bias were unconvincing. The idea that we should find someone who is "on the opposite end of the spectrum" is itself biased. Let's simply respect everyone as individuals and forget this concept of unconscious bias until there is some evidence.
Liza Zackry (2 months ago)
2019 and I still smell ignorance and hate
Samuel Vimes (2 months ago)
The hijab is as nearly as empowering as female genital mutilation. Another thing Yassmin Abdel-Magied's home country is known for
Samuel Vimes (26 days ago)
+Binyamin A Funny you say that, because the rapes and forced prostitution is most commited by east european gangsters... and muslims
Binyamin A (26 days ago)
And your country is known for strip clubs, rapes and forced prostitution. They all are liberated Hhaahaha joke is on you
TheIrishPizzaGuy (2 months ago)
"50% chance the woman would progress from the preliminary stage" out of how many... almost tripling the chance is good but when you think about that... thats only 14 percent. Was the ratio of aplicantes 1:1, so many variables. Don't take this at the face value it is intended. Ted is for introducing people to these ideas for the first time opeing the door. But so often this will just be repeated like a click baited article title. I dont agree with it but dont site her as your source look into this stuff yourself, directly from the "1952 boston orchastra experiment"
Est Dogma (2 months ago)
Why a person consumed by ideology and religion is given the spotlight?
MultiBunnyhunter (2 months ago)
O another Muslim ......
Rifa Tamanna (2 months ago)
Eihane manush jeida jane na heida loiya lafay..halar putera dhormo niya kisu jane na kintu kuttar moton gheu gheu kortase shob guli😑
Dylan Peres (2 months ago)
Yasmin went to my school lol
امين منير (3 months ago)
good speech
Justin Y. (3 months ago)
Isn't this the same woman who want Shari'a in Australia.
Karl Pagan (3 months ago)
There IS sharia in Australia. All Muslims MUST live in accordance with sharia.
Atrax Robustus (3 months ago)
And preferably with your head still inside of it..
George Gibson (3 months ago)
One the most deservedly disliked people in Australia. The only country where she should be granted a visa or citizenship to  should be a majority muslim country preferably with sharia law
Kevin Durham (3 months ago)
Note to self: Cancel TEDTalks subscription. Pretty sad when a Sheila starts spewing Taqiyya.
Monika Marciniszyn (3 months ago)
What a pathetic Muslim idiot🙂
Gunther Vincent (3 months ago)
For me, the headscarf means that the person wearing it - most probably - believes 1) that there is a god who created the IMMENSE universe with billions galaxies, each with billions of stars and planets. 2) that that SAME god has enough time and interest in HER person to care and check every day and every night what SHE is doing, eating and wearing and 3) that she confidently calls that concept, idea and attitude "modesty".
Leigh B (3 months ago)
Omfg stop giving this fucking racist sexist pig a platform. She hates all white men and is an apologist for radicalised Islamic ideas
Fareast (4 months ago)
YES Good-job.. Keep spreading it.. The more people hate Islam, the more people know the truth and convert to Islam.. No matter what you do.. Islam is the most fastest growing religion in the world.. Keep it going, people..
Karl Pagan (3 months ago)
Rise of Apostasy from Islam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-pYPWc26Gk
Gunther Vincent (3 months ago)
Muslims who become atheists don't come out about it and we all know why they don't.
nom deplumeone (4 months ago)
As long as muslims keep up their terrorist activities there will an inevitable bias against such an obscene ideology.
Ussumane Embaló (4 months ago)
Great speech, you're absolutely right
Gunther Vincent (4 months ago)
Please travel to the Gulf and observe. Then, you will know what Islam DOES.
Asadul Islam (4 months ago)
mate spanjic (4 months ago)
Sign of integration perhaps. Or sharia on sale by honesty discount.
Susan McGlasson (4 months ago)
The great identity politic fraud. She has a winning hand of cards. Black Muslim woman. But being transgender would give her the winning hand.
Gunther Vincent (3 months ago)
A Black, Muslim, transgender - and still alive to tell his/her story - would certainly have the winning hand.
Jeff Barr (4 months ago)
Who cares!!!
Twittering Machine (4 months ago)
What it represents is this: that men cannot fundamentally control their sexual urges when they see exposed hair. That is the reasoning within the scriptures. If the reasoning were different or even if there was no reason, I think it would not represent patriarchy. I’d like to discuss and explore this opinion however with anyone who would like to offer alternative views. Dialogue is key to true understanding. ✌️
SCSG18 (4 months ago)
Her important message is overshadowed by her annoyance delivery, contradicting examples and privileged position.
enter.the.void.II (4 months ago)
What this woman is saying is dangerous, she's lying and misleading people, due to her own ignorance or intentionally.
Vasilijan Nikolovski (5 months ago)
It means you're delusional.
Social Mathematics (5 months ago)
Really, why did she left her free and nice muslim country to live with the bad and rasist christians? She also could move to Saudi Arabia!
Shahid ahmad (5 months ago)
Today I know that how Western is illiterate... really...I don't think that someone will comment badly...but unfortunately Western mind is just for showing of... This lady has done wonderful job...you Western should appreciate her..not...react bably.
Sh iv (5 months ago)
Stop this feminazi from a platform She doesn't deserve one
Mohammad Naser Haidary (5 months ago)
Dear beloved sister in Islam, thank you so much for your explanation, it was pretty awesome. From Japan
worfoz (5 months ago)
thanks for earning us how evil muhammedans are indeed Japan? you mean from some corrupt muhammedan shithole no doubt too ashamed to tell?
Kay W (6 months ago)
Our Human Diversity class had to watch this and create a thread among our classmates, discussing our take aways from this. I must say I got soooo much from it! Whew! I truly enjoyed!!
NOTABOOS (6 months ago)
I don't want to see her ugly hair anyway.
btlbtl (6 months ago)
she is very sweet
Sevde Koç (6 months ago)
abla ön yargıyı aşmak için giderek açıldı gerçekten başarılı bir çalışma inşAllah bir daha yapmaz. İzlediğim en saçma konuşmaydı. Dislikeeeeeee
John (6 months ago)
It means you should be deported.
Dina JJ (6 months ago)
Amazing woman, 😍😍😍
Alaaeldin1993 (6 months ago)
Why would you take of the hejab to satisfy their desire and Allah said -2:120) And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper
Bruce Burns (6 months ago)
Serial attention seeking pest .
B S (6 months ago)
It means you want attention.
Maha Noor Elahi (6 months ago)
She is really amazing! However, sometimes you might find a person with the same color and ethnic background..perhaps very similar families and upbringing yet you would not feel comfortable to mentor them. It's all about the personality and attitude.
zgubiono huawei (6 months ago)
woman in headscarf means woman that probably has mutilated clitorix.is this not enough?
Katherine Ou (7 months ago)
Amazing person! Saw one debate and found that she's well educated and knows how to self-reflect performing in a humble way. The debate film is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn6WKOJDzuI
Insite (7 months ago)
For a woman with so much sass, she is offensively stupid. It’s also sad she was given this platform by Ted after she tried to argue that Islam is the most feminist faith in history.
Suraj Dip (7 months ago)
Stone age .
Samuel Vimes (2 months ago)
I think mankind during the stone age had more respect towards women than islamists
Arnavut Şirkeilzanadeer (7 months ago)
well its the same if you force a woman to make her wear a bikini and to make her wear a headscarf
worfoz (5 months ago)
Scorer Scored (7 months ago)
Can she do all these things in a muslim country? The answer is NO. In muslim countries women have no freedom, this woman is confusing islam with Australia 's constitutional freedom .
My Baby Unicorn (7 months ago)
She is amazing speaker😍 Really inspirational.
Toey Toe (7 months ago)
She got booted from the government teet,so she ran off to England lol ..what a sook!
Some One (7 months ago)
such a great lady!! Super Super Super.....
Lilac Tortoise (8 months ago)
Self absorbed, entitled, opinionated, narcissistic, self serving slag. Get over yourself.
ding dong (8 months ago)
The comments are literally repulsive please go to school kids
Cassie (8 months ago)
In my country women are considered more suitable for jobs like teachers, nurses etc. BUT BUT when recruiting, this kind of job positions prefer men candidates because they are "RARE " so fucked up
Aakash Payasi (8 months ago)
I only watched 30 sec. Of this video.... And i can't stand the arrogance.... Unsubscribed.......
Tigris Voice (8 months ago)
Of course in western world you have plenty of opportunities, and you, the presenter, is a prove of that, the problem is that your religion denies the opportunities unless you are Muslim, your religion doesn't accept people who are not Muslims, they divide the society in believers and non believers, the latter must be segregated, punished and even killed. you said that variety is magic, but you can do that in the western world, try to practice different religions in Muslim countries, the fact that you use veil means that you agree with all that barbarian demands and you want that the rest of us must abandon our values(humanists) and create a Muslim society as Saudi Arabia or Iran, well let me tell you Muslim lady, I will not be submissive or a slave or your god, and I will defend my freedom and those who love freedom with all my energy and passion.
Louise Fox (8 months ago)
She looks very beautiful with the scarf and what she is wearing. She can choose to wear what she wants, as long as it is a REAL choice. But should she CHOOSE to relinquish her politics/religion (because that is what Islam is - it is a form of government, and a barbaric and archaic one at that) then she will stand a very good chance of being killed. So does she REALLY have a choice? And by upholding the Islamic ideology, she is supporting Sharia law, violence against women, female genital mutilation, terrorism, fascism, no freedom of speech, no right to choose a husband, polygamy, racism and the push for a worldwide Caliphate. She might not agree with all these things but the very fact that she is a Muslim is SUPPORTING this ideology which is very clear in the Koran. And its VERY important to read the Koran in the correct chronological order and not the order in which most of the public Korans are. Personally, I don't want to deal with someone if I can't see their face. I personally find the full covering to be totally ridiculous and stupid. But that's MY culture and MY feeling.
Purpose Less (8 months ago)
It's nothing for me. Not good or bad thing. I think there's only two types of people in the world. Good people and bad people. And She's a good people.
Sh iv (8 months ago)
You're headscarf means you got the trigger.
jzhang5 (8 months ago)
The Hijab is apparently not fatwa but an addition by a latter day iman. Listen to this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J5bDhMP9lQ
TheDarkKnight (8 months ago)
ok now i hate TED
indo (9 months ago)
I dont believe you get paid less cause your a girl
yuvraj patil (9 months ago)
😂just came to India ,you will understand Muslims women condition,Islam is doing worst work here....
alexander (9 months ago)
the headscarf looks ugly
Chris Daldy-Rowe (9 months ago)
I wonder who the next Islamic liar they will send to talk bullshit to the Australian people?
Great Warrior (9 months ago)
Long live Pedophile Muhammad. Thanks for making Muslim women look stupid
wiktor poliszczuk (9 months ago)
she lies
sahra Çölü (9 months ago)
Imane Elannani (9 months ago)
What I hate the most about these Islamic TED talks are the titles. What does the headscarf means to you? Or What do you think when you look at me? I don’t care 🤷‍♀️ about what others think about me when they see me as Muslim woman or what they think about my hijab 🧕. I’m really sick and tired of this hijab talks or me explaining to others why I dress in certain way. If they think that I’m terrorist, brainwashed and oppressed my only respond is KEEP THINKING THAT WAY
mash ghasem (9 months ago)
Whatever you did and you proud of it isnot because your head scarf becsuse you went aginst everything that headscarf present and advocate while you are waring it you muslim people specially women should stop lying to yourselfe as well as other.
Qwexecotles (9 months ago)
The surgeon representation is a little weird because were not being rude if we think its a guy at least im not, a great deal of surgeons are a guy so its a pretty good guess and its hard for anyone not to assume what gender it might be based on the majority of one type of gender that works there

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