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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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rachid benmoussa (1 hour 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 (3 days ago)
bunch of ignorant motherfuckers in the comments smh
Johnston Clark (8 days 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 (9 days ago)
2019 and I still smell ignorance and hate
Samuel Vimes (14 days ago)
The hijab is as nearly as empowering as female genital mutilation. Another thing Yassmin Abdel-Magied's home country is known for
TheIrishPizzaGuy (18 days 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 (22 days ago)
Why a person consumed by ideology and religion is given the spotlight?
MultiBunnyhunter (25 days ago)
O another Muslim ......
Rifa Tamanna (25 days 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 (26 days ago)
Yasmin went to my school lol
امين منير (29 days ago)
good speech
Justin y. (1 month ago)
Isn't this the same woman who want Shari'a in Australia.
Karl Pagan (27 days ago)
There IS sharia in Australia. All Muslims MUST live in accordance with sharia.
Atrax Robustus (1 month ago)
And preferably with your head still inside of it..
George Gibson (1 month 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
Fellow Comrade (1 month ago)
she doesn't even wear this in her normal life. it's a prop. lmao.
Kevin Durham (1 month ago)
Note to self: Cancel TEDTalks subscription. Pretty sad when a Sheila starts spewing Taqiyya.
Monika Marciniszyn (1 month ago)
What a pathetic Muslim idiot🙂
Unbelievaball (1 month ago)
Absolutely nothing... whereas the diatribe that spews forth from your uninformed brain & your insistence that Sharia Law would be a better alternative to our current systems is outrageous - "Don't be dissin' my faith!"? - while, typically, she & those like her rant & rave about various Western traditions including trashing Anzac Day are more than abhorrent... look it up. She had the audacity to suggest that Shariah Law would be the best system re; supporting Feminism... WHAT? That's a glaring example of her ignorance & inability to research reality. So glad she left Oz.
Gunther Vincent (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (27 days ago)
Rise of Apostasy from Islam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-pYPWc26Gk
Gunther Vincent (1 month ago)
Muslims who become atheists don't come out about it and we all know why they don't.
nom deplumeone (2 months ago)
As long as muslims keep up their terrorist activities there will an inevitable bias against such an obscene ideology.
Ussumane Embaló (2 months ago)
Great speech, you're absolutely right
Gunther Vincent (2 months ago)
Please travel to the Gulf and observe. Then, you will know what Islam DOES.
Asadul Islam (2 months ago)
mate spanjic (2 months ago)
Sign of integration perhaps. Or sharia on sale by honesty discount.
Susan McGlasson (2 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 (1 month ago)
A Black, Muslim, transgender - and still alive to tell his/her story - would certainly have the winning hand.
Jeff Barr (2 months ago)
Who cares!!!
Twittering Machine (2 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 (2 months ago)
Her important message is overshadowed by her annoyance delivery, contradicting examples and privileged position.
enter.the.void.II (2 months ago)
What this woman is saying is dangerous, she's lying and misleading people, due to her own ignorance or intentionally.
Vasilijan Nikolovski (2 months ago)
It means you're delusional.
Social Mathematics (2 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)
Stop this feminazi from a platform She doesn't deserve one
Mohammad Naser Haidary (3 months ago)
Dear beloved sister in Islam, thank you so much for your explanation, it was pretty awesome. From Japan
worfoz (3 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)
I don't want to see her ugly hair anyway.
btlbtl (4 months ago)
she is very sweet
Sevde Koç (4 months ago)
abla ön yargıyı aşmak için giderek açıldı gerçekten başarılı bir çalışma inşAllah bir daha yapmaz. İzlediğim en saçma konuşmaydı. Dislikeeeeeee
John (4 months ago)
It means you should be deported.
Dina JJ (4 months ago)
Amazing woman, 😍😍😍
Alaaeldin1993 (4 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 (4 months ago)
Serial attention seeking pest .
B S (4 months ago)
It means you want attention.
Maha Noor Elahi (4 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 (4 months ago)
woman in headscarf means woman that probably has mutilated clitorix.is this not enough?
Katherine Ou (4 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 (4 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 (5 months ago)
Stone age .
Samuel Vimes (14 days ago)
I think mankind during the stone age had more respect towards women than islamists
Arnavut Şirkeilzanadeer (5 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 (3 months ago)
Scorer Scored (5 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 (5 months ago)
She is amazing speaker😍 Really inspirational.
Toey Toe (5 months ago)
She got booted from the government teet,so she ran off to England lol ..what a sook!
Some One (5 months ago)
such a great lady!! Super Super Super.....
Lilac Tortoise (5 months ago)
Self absorbed, entitled, opinionated, narcissistic, self serving slag. Get over yourself.
ding dong (6 months ago)
The comments are literally repulsive please go to school kids
Cassie (6 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 (6 months ago)
I only watched 30 sec. Of this video.... And i can't stand the arrogance.... Unsubscribed.......
Tigris Voice (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 months ago)
You're headscarf means you got the trigger.
jzhang5 (6 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 (6 months ago)
ok now i hate TED
indo (7 months ago)
I dont believe you get paid less cause your a girl
yuvraj patil (7 months ago)
😂just came to India ,you will understand Muslims women condition,Islam is doing worst work here....
alexander (7 months ago)
the headscarf looks ugly
Chris Daldy-Rowe (7 months ago)
I wonder who the next Islamic liar they will send to talk bullshit to the Australian people?
Great Warrior (7 months ago)
Long live Pedophile Muhammad. Thanks for making Muslim women look stupid
wiktor poliszczuk (7 months ago)
she lies
sahra Çölü (7 months ago)
Imane Elannani (7 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 (7 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.
Mr. Johnsith (7 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
Marvin A.U (7 months ago)
The former Jewish and Christians women wearing hijab too Every nun also cover their hair. So whats wrong with hijab?
hodaka1000 (8 months ago)
No you're not hot at all!! And I reckon there should be a law that makes all of them put bags over their heads!
nice Amigo (8 months ago)
ug;ly liar with a bad head full of hate.
Areesha Ahmed (8 months ago)
Amazing... I'm speechless
nice Amigo (8 months ago)
ugly slave garment it means you are property ,in the koran the book of demons.
shiningstar (9 months ago)
When I see a woman with a head scarf I think of this......................."Islam has permitted the child marriage of older men to girls as young as 10 years of age if they have entered puberty. The Seyaj Organization for the Protection of Children describes cases of a 10-year-old girls being married and raped in Yemen, a 13-year-old Yemeni girl dying of internal bleeding three days after marriage and a 12-year-old girl dying in childbirth after marriage." When are you going to denounce Islam as an EVIL SCOURGE which subjugates and sacrifices its young children as promoted in the Quran?!. ............instead of glorifying a silly headscarf! .
bill frost (9 months ago)
its possible to overthink . enjoy the ride
Anthony Spanjich (9 months ago)
bomb threat.........
Thomas Griffin (9 months ago)
The sayings ways of speech fucking cali
Thomas Griffin (9 months ago)
She's a fucking American liar poser
Thomas Griffin (9 months ago)
Question as an American wtf does she sound partially American
Hijack the Ripper (10 months ago)
"ISLAM, TO ME, means that you can be a total fuckwit in the city in which you are in on the land on which you are on"
bhushan mhaske (10 months ago)
It's not surprising us!!! But ur religion not allowed u to learn... Because it's not ur teaching... I have seen her in news... She is total loser... People like u think we r fool... Right!? Trying to confuse us!!!
Ryan G. (10 months ago)
It was never established that unconscious bias is the total problem. Also, if we all suffer from bias, Yasmin may be suffering from confirmation bias.
chaiTV (10 months ago)
So cringey in her smugness and self-importance. It's obvious that completely covering one's face and walking around in public, all in the name of a custom invented by men in flat-earth religious times, is not welcome in society where most people are not governed by supernatural stories. "I'm a Christian scientist, please give me a job"... Um, if I was the recruiter I'd put your resume on the bottom of pile, not because of unconscious bias, but because religious faith is not compatible with science. Same deal if you're muslim. You complain about division and bias, yet every day you step out the front door you make sure you look different to "non-believers". You walk around showing everyone you're Muslim, but actually you're showing others that you're *not one of them, you're not a NON-BELIEVER*....That in itself is creepy. Your choice to do it, but don't call out others for being creeped out. The division comes from YOU not others.
John Hiatt (10 months ago)
It's stated Google diversity study shows 61% white (Angol), 30% Asian eh? Is this a bias given asians make up ~5% of the United States. At what point does diversity reach the utopian number? Is it when organizations are representative of the society? If so then there should be 70% white or the argument could be made that whites are the victims of unconscious bias. Or is it 10% Anglo, 10% African, 10% Chinese, 10% Arab, 10% American Indian, 10% Hispanic etc... Merit is the only non angled answer where if not selected there is a justifiable grievance. Getting HR departments to pick on true merit is the real challenge.
zakaria anam (10 months ago)
you hit the spot and nailed it .. I am so proud that I am a Muslim
chaiTV (10 months ago)
You should be proud to be human before muslim. How about proud to be a member of the wider community you live in, regardless of their religion? Muslim always put their religion first before anything, which is sad and selfish.
Raptor X (10 months ago)
Nothing but bragging here....
Morpheus x (10 months ago)
Ian Mears (10 months ago)
This is idiotic. Shes using her outlying tendencies to fool people. People assume the surgeon was male because 80 percent are, its an educated assumption. The ftse 100 isnt lead 50% by minorities because the uk is 87% white. That would be stupid to assume it needs diversity beyond the racial makeup. Talk about a bias, shes biased to anything that doesnt fit her agenda of forcing diversity.
It means oppression and darkness.
Star of the Sea (10 months ago)
How brave, what a great Australian. How long did she engineer for? 5 minutes?
Potato Tomato (10 months ago)
Samuel Vimes (11 months ago)
Isn't TEDx supposed to be about progression? So why is an islamist given a stage where she can defend backwards patriarchal practices? Yassmin Abdel-Magied is "feminist" who sought advice from islamist extremists of Hizb ut-Tahrir for fucks sakes. You know, religious fascists who've defended child marriage and wive beating in the past https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/feminist-activist-yassmin-abdelmagied-sought-advice-from-hizb-uttahrir/news-story/8fb7d208cfac65646173cc3a4180c1a2
Winston Churchill (11 months ago)
I see that she never read the Qur'an

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