Tasneem Sadok is Muslim, and the attention her headscarf attracts blows hot and cool.
As a teenage girl who wears the headscarf in accordance with my religious beliefs, it’s always a relief that the most invasive question I usually get asked is, "Don't you get hot under there during summer?"
Sure, under a blazing summer sun the fabric that covers my head, arms and legs makes me marginally less breezy than my non-wearing counterparts, but the true heat comes from its less literal consequences.
It’s hot when my travel-loving family has to be frisked and held at customs nearly each time we board. It's become a part of the process we factor in when deciding when to wake up the day of a trip.
It's hot when the student sitting behind me decides it would be okay to pull my scarf off in the middle of class, because she was "curious about what was under there.” I felt pretty hot the entire next week of school.