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I'm not sure I completely understand this point...

The argument about coercing that girl not to wear a head-scarf is concerned with defending against a perceived threat to the status quo - a hard-won and insecure status quo to be sure. Your arguments about that girl's well-being have little weight in that frame.

Could you elaborate?

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Tue Jan 16th, 2007 at 06:10:41 AM EST
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Defending the hard-won and insecure secular status quo against religionists. Though in Bavaria it's about defending the long-standing, entrenched but insecure catholic status quo.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 16th, 2007 at 06:13:35 AM EST
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Yes, I was combining several groups: the feminists, concerned that progress on women's rights is at risk; the conservatives, concerned that their image of a white, Christian country is under threat; the secularists, alarmed at the perceived public profession of faith and the racists, who don't like anything involving brown people or foreigners anyway. In all cases the concern is with defended what's theirs, not with the well-being of the other.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 16th, 2007 at 06:20:25 AM EST
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A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Tue Jan 16th, 2007 at 03:09:33 PM EST
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