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Submitted by Claire M (United States), Feb 27, 2008 at 11:14

Meghan, while I find any so-called "ideal" of a religious-cultural state of any kind extremely repugnant, I agree that choice of clothing should be personal. I'd like to point out that, where women are completely or almost naked in equatorial cultures, there is no "cat-calling" or similar behaviors. Thus, that's not a natural "human" behavior, but a learned one. I am quite troubled reading islamic "scholars" writings that indicate women must be covered to keep men from behaving badly. My answer is, if women are allowed to be armed, the liklihood of rape is greatly diminished, and the woman gets to keep her freedom.

I am very sorry to learn that islamic dress helps hide an eating disorder. The way people with disordered eating are treated is egregious. It is destructive for both the verbal attackers and the one attacked. I do hope that we will learn more about what causes disordered eating and what causes vicious verbal attacks against other innocent people.

I am sorry that so many people react so negatively to your choice of religion. You must understand that many suffer post-traumatic stress after the attacks of 9/11, which seemed so hate-driven and were focused on innocent workers. Even if I hate someone, I wouldn't ever kill him, unless he was about to attack me.


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