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.