In the UK and Ireland feminism has a good history of fighting back against oppressive practices and mindsets created by and/or endorsed by religion. The catholic church being a good example. But why is it feminists have little to say about the whole women having to wear some kind of head scarf thing if they are a Muslim? I know this is not Saudi Arabia where there is no actual laws in place to say stone a women for daring to take the thing off but a lot of feminist history has been about still fighting battles even when legally they have the same rights as men. Just because you are not facing legal/institutional sexism does not mean sexism doesn't exist, this is what the later waves of feminism were about?
I just don't understand why so many people who normally get all wound up by unjust societal relationships are totally on board with Muslim girls not really having a choice but to wear some kind of head scarf.
Because a lot of them choose to wear it, I should think. Of course they shouldn't be forced to wear it.
Couple of random thoughts:
There are many feminist activists already fighting such issues in Islamic areas.
People are scared to denounce anything if they don't understand the cultural/religious context of it (right or wrongly).
Because it is debateable as to whether individuals have been brainwashed to some extent, or are wearing coverings out of free choice, again it makes it tricky to wade in and outright attack the veil or burqa or whatever.
I used to volunteer with some [secular] Middle Eastern women's rights activists who were very anti women covering themselves. Was refreshing.
Because that's what Islam tells and teaches. It doesn't matters on which place of the world you are, either KSA or UK. Islam is with us everywhere and we have to follow it no matter where we are and what rights does any place has. This is something you can't understand, only a true Muslim will.
IMO opinion it's because feminism quite consciously does not want to be seen as a racist or discriminatory ideology. It's in this aspect it's inherently obvious how flawed feminism is when it comes to cultural neutrality which is an important part of sociology and by extension anthropology.