“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Monday, 11 April 2011

On burka bans.

Look, the burka and hidjab are symbols of repression. I know that. That some women voluntarily choose to wear these symbols in no way makes the practice any less of a medieval anachronism that should have no place in a society that has any aspirations toward individual freedom and gender equality. I know all that. But none the less I'm surprised and saddened by people who would support the state's intervention in the matter. If it's wrong for male family members to dictate what clothes women wear, how can it be right for male politicians to do the same?
I am also sick and tired of hearing Muslims assuring us all that burkas and hidjabs are nothing to do with Islam but are "cultural". As if religion could be anything other than cultural.


Gitane said...

Rightly put. Bit of an intellectual fuddle. Let's not forget that this is a culture that accepts, in the Perigord I believe, putting towels over the heads of diners gorging themselves on little birds. Gastronomic shame as cultural imperatives? Like the burka isn't mentioned in the Koran the towel over the head isn't in the recipe either!

woodsy said...

Just remember: men wearing suits and ties have done immeasurably more harm to humankind and the world in general than all the women in burkas/niqabs combined.

bob said...

Well said