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Burqa. Women Have A Right To Cover Up.

I am really worried about the latest flurry of 'Ban The Burqa' cries.

When women are in the position of having to defend their right to dress in the way that makes them comfortable, we have lost something very important to our way of life.

Whether it's about covering up or not covering up, it's a woman's right to choose.

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dragonsally
Sep. 21st, 2014 03:40 am (UTC)
YES YES YES
matrixmann
Sep. 21st, 2014 07:24 am (UTC)
The problem about this is, even in Western world, women who wear it, they don't always get to choose this, sometimes there's somebody external who decides for them to wear it.
splodgenoodles
Sep. 21st, 2014 07:46 am (UTC)
I agree. The problem is more about strategy. At the moment, we have people here who are claiming it is "un-Australian" to wear the burqa, and that laws should be made to stop it.

I fear this puts women in the unenviable position of either dressing in a way that feels demeaning, or going to the side of terrorists who want them to dress that way.

And I do think it raises the question, for those of us who don't wear the burqa, about how free we are if we don't wear it, but feel compelled to wear makeup, have plastic surgery, and feel bad about how we look.

Exposing my body to public view only makes me feel liberated when I am in a place where my natural appearance is accepted without judgement. (When that happens, at hippy festivals for example, I feel great.)
matrixmann
Sep. 21st, 2014 08:01 am (UTC)
That's why I do not get an opinion to this. First because it's not my branch, and second because it can be extended to other things.

The thing about "not part of our cultural heritage" is nonsense; if that was so, you weren't permitted to own a single TV, you were not permitted to own a single cell-phone, computer or watch your weekly "Breaking Bad" episodes. Because it all originates abroad.
splodgenoodles
Sep. 21st, 2014 08:06 am (UTC)
What do you mean by "not my branch"?

Ah yes, cultural heritage is such a furphy. There is no such thing as purity.

Especially in a nation of immigrants like Australia!
matrixmann
Sep. 21st, 2014 08:27 am (UTC)
It means it's none of the topics I deal too much with. Topics you don't know much about, better shut up instead of spreading sciolism.

Admittedly, in the case of Australia it is even more controversial since everyone who has no Aborigine origin actually isn't permitted to be there, if you follow this logic.
splodgenoodles
Sep. 21st, 2014 08:35 am (UTC)
"Sciolism" is not a word I knew - thankyou!

Well, yes. I follow that logic. White Australia has a history of being paranoid about invasion from the north. There's a certain irony to it.
matrixmann
Sep. 21st, 2014 08:42 am (UTC)
Had to take that word from a dictionary since I'm not a native speaker of English.

Why an invasion from the north?
cmcmck
Sep. 21st, 2014 09:15 am (UTC)
When you're that far south there's an awful lot of north! :o)
pondhopper
Sep. 21st, 2014 02:42 pm (UTC)
Like others have said, if it's truly the woman's decision, then fine! But way too often it is not and if the pressure to cover up isn't direct, indirect pressure is just as bad.
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17catherines
Sep. 24th, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
Yes, that's my biggest concern, too. If she is being forced to wear it when she leaves the house, then you are now preventing her from leaving the house. And if she is wearing it because she feels safe and modest wearing it, then you are forcing her to wear something in which she feels less safe and less modest.

It isn't about religion at all, it's about choice and about giving people access to community.
bubs
Sep. 21st, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
I've not come across anyone else exploring this viewpoint. I am very suspicious of the frenzy of interest in controlling this type of clothing for women.
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