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The niqab (a total covering except for the eyes)

Reader comment on item: Ban the Burqa - and the Niqab Too

Submitted by Rick (United States), Aug 2, 2007 at 15:56

Can there be any other garment in the world that yells out loud "WOMEN ARE INFERIOR BEINGS". Even children can be seen and heard in Muslim countries but not women. It is medieval thinking and values which demand women to wear one.

I have seen women wearing this hideous sheet here in the US. It did affect my sensibilities. I have been brought up to understand that there are no second class citizens yet seeing women wear this drives the idea home that the culture which promotes this article of clothing clearly sees women as a threat, as little more than a commodity.

In Saudi Arabia women who wear this are called by males "BMOs" or Black Moving Objects. In certain societies such as Afganistan, many women who dislike it , wear it anyway because of the male hostility in public to women who dress in more Western style. Why get harrassed? Just follow the program and avoid any controversy. Thus, the slave rationalizes her slavery.

Until the day when Islamist mullahs and hard line Islamist politicans get blown up by niqab wearing women, the garment will continue to be praised by them. Their solution then will probably be to deny the right of women to appear in public regardless of what they wear.

Staying home behind locked doors is the ultimate niqab.

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