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July 20, 2010

This:

And as schroduck said, “for each woman who wears the veil, either she’s chosen to, or she’s being forced to.” If she’s chosen to, then there’s a fuckton of hypocrisy in saying “You can’t wear that now, we’re going to fine you a hundred and fifty Euros.” If she’s being forced to, then “banning it victimises her further”.

What happens if she is being forced to, and all of a sudden she isn’t allowed to wear it anymore? Do you really think the Muslim religious leaders and the abusive husbands of the world are going to say “Oh well, we had a good run. Enjoy your feminist awakening, dear!”

A burqa is at most symptom, not the problem itself. Banning it in hopes of giving oppressed women freedom is like curing tonsillitis by giving someone cough drops. The thinly veiled xenophobia France has displayed on this issue astounds me. They’re doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons.

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