Post by Yellow
I find women wearing burkas a difficult subject because while I respect
the argument that people should to a greater or lesser degree be allowed
to wear what they wish, I find it heart breaking that there are women
who feel this is how they need to dress.
Why do you find it heart breaking? Is it heart breaking that a Western
woman isn't allowed to go topless in the local swimming pool but her
Suppose I go swimming with my wife and kids and my daughter says it's
not fair that she has to cover her chest when her brother doesn't. If I
forbid her to go topless am I a controlling male bully or a moral
guardian upholding standards of decency?
Suppose we are going to a wedding and my son wants to wear tracksuit
bottoms, trainers and a t-shirt. Am I wrong to make him were a suit?
Their culture says it's wrong to go out without a burka, our culture
says women can't go out topless. Neither convention makes any logical
sense and I think the only reason we find the latter acceptable but not
the former is because that's how we were brought up.
Post by Yellow
Anyway, Boris has said this -
"If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their
faces, then I totally agree - and I would add that I can find no
scriptural authority for the practice in the Koran.
I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people
should choose to go around looking like letter boxes."
There are various people claiming that he is "pandering to the far
right" but that cannot be correct because I am a liberal and as a
liberal I do not think it is right to see a man in shorts and a tee-
shirt while his wife is covered from head to foot in black.
How do you know that the woman didn't choose to dress like that? Maybe
she didn't but you don't know, do you?
There may well be practical advantages to dressing like that, e.g.
protection from sunburn. Not having to worry about shaving your legs or
people being able to see that you've been eating too many cakes and not
going to the gym.
I can see the advantages. Imagine if you've just got out of bed and go
to make a cup of tea and find there's no milk. Just chuck your burka on
and pop to the local Coop. Compare that to what your liberated Western
woman has to do if she doesn't want to be considered a scruffy chav by
Post by Yellow
Others claim he is "promoting Islamophobia" but surely the burka itself
is what is doing the promoting, not calls for it to be banished.
In reality I expect he is promoting himself. It's been a few days since
he was last in the news so he needed to say something controversial.
Another small, but carefully planned, step on the long path to No. 10.
Actually, I think he's basically said he doesn't like women to wear
burkas but doesn't want to ban burkas in public places. In other words
he has his opinion but doesn't want to force it on others. That seems
sensible to me.