Feminism | Posted by Helen H on 05/20/2010

Belgian Burqa Ban

I just read an article about the vote in Belgium that led to a nationwide ban of wearing burqas in public.

On one hand, I can see where people who are for the ban are coming from. The burqa does have a lot of stigma both within and without Muslim culture. It’s one of the more ambiguous Islamic concepts, and it’s hotly debated. Some Muslims believe it’s mandatory, others believe it’s just an option, and others still think it’s absurd. Personally I don’t think it’s a particularly liberating piece of clothing and I don’t expect I’ll ever wear one.

On the other hand, I don’t think this is the way to fix anything. First of all this absolutely screams Islamophobia and xenophobia and will only serve to perpetuate the negative …

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