Burqas/Veils – liberating feminist attire or misogynistic throwback to primitive superstition?


It seems that ISIS is selling the wearing of the complete female body veil known as a Burqa as a liberating, feminist experience. Women wearing this all-covering shapeless body garment are no longer sex objects so this is feminism in action.

Except it isn’t is it?

They might not be sexual objects per se as all of them of whatever age, degree of feminine perfection or shape are made equally nondescript. Though it doesn’t stop the single males in a sexually repressed society imagining what lurks underneath that shapeless mass of cloth. But is it feminism?

Obviously not. The sheer fact that there is no choice in the matter is sufficient to remove all of that notion. The fact that this is imposed on all women regardless of their wishes is not, under any guise, freedom. Some may prefer to remain ‘safe’ behind their masks, hidden from view, but that is no excuse for imposition.

The Burqa is a pre-Islamic uniform imposed on women by a repressive, misogynistic middle-eastern culture. It isn’t even Islamic. To claim that it is liberating is merely spin.

We will see feminism when women are afforded the same rights and freedoms as men. When they can drive, go out without escorts or permission, vote, participate fully in commerce, politics and religion as equals, and are not separated off as chattels of the men.

There may well be a reaction to the decadence of many Western females with their scanty attire, promiscuity and intoxicants but at least they are free to do what they choose; even if what they choose is crass.

The women being enticed over to Syria as ‘brides’ of the Islamists are taking a reckless risk. They are being ‘sold’ the idea of being married to a fearless, butch Jihadi warrior, but in actual fact are much more likely to end up as a sex slave of a bunch of ignorant savages.

What do you think?


6 thoughts on “Burqas/Veils – liberating feminist attire or misogynistic throwback to primitive superstition?

  1. Dare I think or have my say! Having spent time in Pakistan in the 80s there was a lot of status attached to how women covered up. Strangely it was the very poor working in the fields that may have had the traditional shawl and the very rich in Karachi. Who knows now and I think there is an awful pressure to conform but also in some countries it is not possible to live safely without some form of covering.
    Muslim friends of then would refer me to passages that just advocated modest dress for men and women.

    1. I think there is a difference between ‘modest’ dress and an enforced compliance with a full body covering though.
      From your close association and friendships how do you view it?
      Am I merely being Islamophobic or is there a women’s rights issue here?
      Many of my Muslim friends back in the seventies had found a way to live happily in Western society without giving up their religion. They found a way of merging the secular and religious and were quite happy to interact. The Middle East situation seems to have polarised everyone.

      1. I agree and think it has entrenched certain ideas. Society in India and Pakistan at that time was I think adapting quite happily. This has indeed polarised these issues and it seems hard to discuss them without cries of racism or Islamophobia. It is a women’s rights issue and young Muslim women who wish to speak out need support. I think too we may have been too tolerant in schools. Primary age girls here in London seem to be wearing head covering now.

      2. It’ll ease up hopefully. The stupid Iraq conflict has made everything much worse. What a shame.
        Personally I think it is time to make a stand on human rights issues. It should be choice not indoctrination or enforcement. There should be debate.
        I hardly think I’m either racist or islamophobic. I am an antitheist but I believe everyone has the right to believe whatever they like and I’d stand up for that right even if I think it’s daft.

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