22 June 2009

Sarkozy: No place for 'burqa' in France

Women and their bodies are once again finding themselves the pawns on the battlefield for male abuses of power. In the case of Sarkozy's statement condemning use of the burqa, women are being just as subjugated as they are in the middle east as to how they are and are not permitted to dress. I find this HIGHLY OFFENSIVE and were I in France today, I would wear a burqa to show my solidarity with people who CHOOSE to wear whatever they want.

I think it is a huge mistake, as was the banning of head scarves some years ago in France. It is a violation to dictate cultural signifiers and suppression of free will. It should be a person's choice to wear a burqa and it should be a person's choice to leave France. "Do these women have that choice?" is the question, but it is not the state's responsibility to answer it for them, either.

Moral imposition is highly questionable, as are fluctuating conceptions of freedom, or in this case: liberté, égalité, fraternité.

Sarkozy: No place for 'burqa' in France


João Sousa said...

Please see this funtastic cartoon on identity. Please don't allow women discrimination.

ELM said...

Thanks so much for your thoughts, Olen. Fatemeh Fakhraie speaks to this in her doublex.com article "Feminists Don't Understand Muslim Women" - Sarkozy may have the intention to "liberate" French Muslim women from the burqa, but no so much...
"Feminists liberation have often created circumstances that are worse for women. Oxfam released a study earlier this year reporting that Iraqi women’s conditions have qualitatively deteriorated since the U.S. invasion. While I’m sure this wasn’t in the grand feminist plan for Iraqi women, the reality is that sweeping numbers of them are widowed, unemployed, and subject to brutalities at the hands of sectarian gangs and occupying forces.

Non-Muslim feminist misunderstandings don’t just affect women in predominately Muslim countries. They affect Muslim women living in the West, too. When France proposed a ban on religious symbols in schools, specifically targeting the hijab, French feminists were completely onboard, dismissing the hijab as a symbol of oppression that no Muslim girl would wear willingly. But the ban has systematically denied schooling to girls who wear hijab. Demanding a girl choose between her school and her traditions is a surefire way to keep her down. Many girls choose the latter."

olen said...

"Freedom cannot be given. It must be taken." -unknown