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in response to reader comment: Regarding Europe's Burqa Wars posted August 25, 2005

Submitted by oswald (Australia), Sep 24, 2006 at 01:48

There is virtue in modesty but taken to the limit it suggests a problem that has not been faced. Did God make a mistake in creating the female body the way it is? If not then why the need to completely cover it? The reason can be inferred from the posts by Moraa and saq, i.e. that men will ogle and stare at them otherwise. Since all women in Saudia Arabia are, and in Taliban ruled Afghanistan were, burqhad then the implication is that men in those societies will ogle and stare at women. Why need they do that? Can they not practice self control?

They as men deny their own power over their sexual impulses. And even if on their own they are so powerless then why after 1350 years of Islam has their religion not helped them to develop their self control or given them an external pattern of behaviour to do so? Muslim men need to feel the power that comes from taking charge of their own biological situation and not play victim to it. Why do they hand their power over to women and then force same to cover up? Is it so they can avoid dealing with their duty as males to become men?

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