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I think there are valid reasons beyond Islamophobia to be put-off by burqas, because the many see it as a symptom of oppression of women.

That said, I do think people being put-off is typically a function of Islamophobia and racism -- I've no data to back that up, of course, it's simply my impression -- and policy proposals on it do seem to have a tendency to come from right-wing politicians looking to prey on people's fears.  Sarkozy practically made a career of this.

The question for me comes down to whether the woman wishes to wear it or is forced to, and unfortunately we can't really know that short of evidence for oppressive male relations on a case-by-case basis.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Apr 6th, 2016 at 11:48:42 AM EST

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