Sarkozy says burqas are ‘not welcome’ in France
PARIS (AP) — President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Monday that the Islamic burqa is not welcome in France, branding the face-covering, body-length gown as a symbol of subservience that suppresses women’s identities and turns them into “prisoners behind a screen.
If I was a woman who donned the burqa out of my own free will, and who enjoyed wearing it and considered it as part of my identity, and some day a French President came up to me, and told me that he thinks (for he didn’t care or even asked me what I thought) that a burqa is making me subservient to a man and is making me enslaved, I would call him nothing but a racist. It would also make me wonder what exactly he knows of Islam anyways to pass his grand statements.
However, if I was a woman who was forced to wear a burqa, when I didn’t want to, then his statement would make me clap my hands.
There are always two sides of the coin.
I wonder what women empowerment and non-subservience to a man is?
Posing nude in playboy to satiate a man’s libido or bearing skin to prove my… I don’t know… confidence or equality with man. If a woman can choose to become a nude model, why can’t he appreciate a woman’s choice to cover herself up?
When you impose your choice forcefully on a woman with respect to wearing or not wearing a burqa , then whether you
are the French President, or a husband/brother/son/father, you are denying a woman her choice to live the way she wants to and that makes you nothing but a through and through male chauvinist (unless her actions are against the rules specified by Islam which too is open to interpretation).
I don’t wear the burqa, but I respect a woman who does.