After watching an awesome debate between Mona Eltahaway and Hebah Ahmed over the niqab banning issue in France.
i would like to quote Heba saying “I want people to know that when i choose to cover this way it is because i am fighting against a systematic oppression against women, in which women’s bodies are being sexualized and objectified. this is a different perspective and a different form of empowerment in which i think when i am in public my sexuality is in my control and people have to deal with my brain and who i really am and not judge me by my body,…….,to me this is liberating -the niqab- and this is empowering”
Although it is a huge debate whether to ban the niqab as it is related to Islam or not. i would like to quote Mona Eltahawy saying “The government does tell people how they can and can’t dress all the time, you can’t walk outside naked, there are many states here in the US where three or more people can not be in public wearing a face mask”
As the niqab is not an obligation for Muslim women so we are discussing here the niqab as it is a way of clothing away from the religious propaganda quoting Mr.Sarkozy “The burqa is not a religious sign. It is a sign of the subjugation, of the submission, of women, I want to say solemnly that it will not be welcome on our territory.in the republic, the Muslim religion must be respected like other religions, We cannot accept in our country women imprisoned behind bars, cut off from social life, deprived of identity.”
If we looked at the clothes people wear we might start from being totally naked then girls wearing mini skirts etc.., passing through normal clothes then the Indian or Pakistani clothes and finally the niqab that covers every inch of the woman’s body except her eyes – and sometimes her eyes too-. we conclude that since the governments are banning being naked in public which is the extreme undressing it should also ban the extreme dressing that covers the identity of a person.
From a human rights perspective you do have the right to wear whatever you want and for me i don’t have a problem with niqab if they will let people be seen naked in public without a problem… so yea i do not want to be unfair!!! there are nudists who believe that a person should be naked all the time unless the weather is bad and this is their religion!!!
I hate being told what to wear or what not to wear!!! but at the same time if you want me to respect others by not being naked on the streets then you shouldn’t allow people from walking behind masks under the name of “liberation and empowerment” cause i might want to “liberate and empower” my life by being naked all the time and you should accept my believe!!! so either accept both extremes or ban both! i know it is a long debate but i would like to hear from you your ideas and thoughts about such a problem.
There are thousands of nudists in the US alone – more than the number of women wearing niqab-. in the US & Canada there are more than 250 private compounds made for nudists to enjoy all the activities and living while being nude away from society! it IS a religion to them!
To know more about nudists please watch this documentary so you would understand their culture, it contains all the answers to all the questions you might ever think of… viewer discretion is advised!