October 7, 2010
Written by olivia · Filed Under World
One Response to “Burqa Ban Constitutional, Says French Court”
The burqa and hijab bans were passed to “ensure the dignity of the person and equality between the sexes,” according to the French government. The Parliament is not banning the burqa for safety reasons; there are much less stringent laws that could be passed than banning the burqa. Rather, the burqa was banned to “liberate” Muslim women.
Therefore, my criticism stems from the inherent patriarchy and colonialism within the French Parliament. Telling women to rebel against their tradition implies that they are not already doing so. It also takes away the power and symbolic importance of the action if they DO decide to remove their burqas. Moreover, it implies that non-Western traditions are wrong and that it is the West’s burden to “fix” these beliefs.
Although I agree that the burqa is misogynistic, I disagree that banning it is the best course of action.
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