Sikh woman gracefully responds to joke on Reddit.
Sometimes I worry that the Internet is too dehumanizing, and lends itself too easily to cruel jokes, criticism, and bullying. So I was very happy to come across this article. It’s a great example of how a religious person (or female person, or just any person really) can deflect what could have possibly turned into an awful viral joke, into an uplifting teaching moment. Western standards of beauty, devotion, and care of one’s body are certainly not universal. In fact I find the Sikh approach to one’s body to be quite refreshing in this world. Not only that, but I’m very happy that this woman politely but firmly used the opportunity to teach people about her religious beliefs. Great moment.