Wednesday, November 02, 2005
But what about if you are a child, or a teenage girl?
What if all of your life, you are taught that girls or women who don't cover themselves are loose, dirty or whores? Surely in that case, you are not coming from a postion of knowledge, but rather one of prejudice?
Instead of seeing a girl as just a girl, you see in her the personification of unclean. Would you want to be seen like that?
And what about when you go to school? If you are going to a state school, you meet girls of other beliefs, or even no beliefs, but they don't sleep around, they don't tempt men into sin. They are other people, that's all. You can't tell me that there is no confusion there.
Being a teenager is diffcult enough at the best of times. Added pressure to conform to a religious or cultural dress code that is also restrictive can only make life more confusing.
This is, of course, my opinion only.
I'm just not the only one who thinks this way.
Please read the defence of the banning of the veil from the Middle East Women's site. The rest of the site is well worth a look, also.