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The French ban on headscarves in schools has been robustly defended here.

When the stench of patriarchal enforcement against the wishes of the individual woman wafts like a blocked sewer.

Forcing women to wear it; banning women from wearing it; same stench.  It's their choice, or should be.

the veil is the most obvious symbol of oppression

But it's not!  Maybe it's a symbol to those who would ban it or enforce it, but not to the vast majority of women who choose to wear it.  To tell a muhajaba that her headcovering is a symbol of her oppression is just as offensive as telling me that my lipstick and jewelry are symbols of my wanton immorality.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Mon Jan 15th, 2007 at 03:17:01 PM EST
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