…continues to be everybody’s business.
‘Iranian sports bodies have now agreed the girls can wear caps that cover their hair but not their necks. The Iranian girls’ football team is to be allowed to play in the Youth Olympics.’ […]
In France those who force women to wear burka would be punished. […]
Belgium became Europe’s first country to vote for a ban on the full Islamic veil or burqa. […]
Burqua or Niquab have no place in Denmark. [link]
“…women’s rights and freedom of religion – what happens when they appear to collide? ”
Burka is often compared to the Bikini. Feminists feel both objectify women. Fundamentalists have strong opinions on both.
Some people see the bikini as a threat to their culture.
For some jeans are unacceptable, some others think a sari is immodest, ‘in Nagaland where women remain topless in some villages. Well no rapes take place there and no eve teasing either,’ (Click here to read the article.)
No matter what a woman chooses to wear, somebody has a problem.
Burka as a choice.
Some feel a Muslim woman has the right to choose to wear a burka.
I recently chanced upon Tarek Fatah’s comment on this picture on Face Book.
Is this really about women’s choices?
Around 1987, BJP insisted, that if a widow volunteers to burn herself on her husband’s pyre, her choice should be respected.
The same voices object to women ‘choosing‘ to wear jeans, or women ‘choosing‘ to marry out of community. It seems choosing to be burnt alive is about the only choice women should have.
Tarek Fatah, (Canada) says,
“The Canada I came to with my wife and daughters should not be a haven for a medieval, misogynist doctrine that traps women under the guise of liberalism and choice.” [Read more]
It’s true that liberal feminists support the Burka in the west.
There is also a concern that this ban might set a precedence of the government encroaching on citizens’ civil rights.
In India those who oppose the burka, also object to tight jeans and spaghetti straps. They might change their minds when they read this news.
Jury acquitted Nicholas Gonzalez because they felt, ‘Rape of woman in skinny jeans ‘not possible’.
Although, ‘Many folks have pointed out that it’s patently stupid to assert that skinny jeans cannot be removed without cooperation, and then even cooperation in removing clothing does not indicate consent‘.
Should women trust the Jury?
There are many who believe that women should choose to wear clothes that guarantee not to provoke a helpless rapist to ‘offend their modesty‘.
This was impossible until recently. Crimes against women were committed, no matter what they wore.
But now I am sure the jury of six men and six women would vouch for the safety of skinny jeans?
[Note: The post became too long, I deleted some quotes to trim it a little. ]