The Unexpected Pleasures of Wearing a Mask

Who knew covering up could be so liberating?

Photo by Ivan Aleksic on Unsplash

I have always been horrified by cultures and religions that require women to cover themselves. The first time I saw women in abayas I was in Morocco, and the sight of them covered head to toe terrified me. It wasn’t only the inpenetrability of their appearance but the idea that they had been commanded to wrap…



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Susan Orlean

Staff writer, The New Yorker. Author of The Library Book, The Orchid Thief, and more…Head of my very own book club (join me!)