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Burqa Avenger

God help feminism, for that day has arrived when feminists are more concerned with what’s on a woman’s head than with what’s in it. – Faiza S. Khan

A feminist bioethics blog I follow just posted a link to this New York Times article which strongly hints that Burqa Avenger reinforces the oppression of Muslim women.


Because she wears a burqa of course.

The article was written by two men, one of whom has an Islamic name.

I know there are several Muslim women who read this blog and though I doubt any are burqa  wearers I would really appreciate it if they could go to the IJFAB blogpost and let these well meaning, if somewhat sheltered, Western feminists know their feelings about burqa wearing and whether Western women should be jumping up and down flashing their breasts to try to stop Muslim women from being ‘oppressed’ by burqas.

And if I’m being out of line by posting this, I’d appreciate it if they could give me a serve in the comments for doing so. I won’t learn if I’m not told.

Quite frankly, I think subcontinental feminism is light years ahead of the Western liberal version, in attitude at least if not achievements. Yet.

From → gender, rant

  1. Looks like IJFAB won’t be posting the comments I made in response to their ‘Burqua Avenger’ post – so I’ll put them here instead.

    If you ask me the more traditional form of oppression is colonial minded Westerners telling women from other cultures what they should be wearing.

    Yes, I am sure there are a minority of Muslim women who feel oppressed by having to wear the burqa or hijab but that doesn’t excuse the sort of thing you are seeing in France where women are being forced to either stay indoors or go into the streets dressed in a way that makes them feel naked.

    As for the patronising crap from Western feminists telling women who want to wear the burqa that they are being oppressed by wearing it … well maybe they should be looking to their own stilettos and idiotically impractical and overpriced fashion ‘must haves’ before deciding who is being oppressed.

    It’s so often the same women who insist they should be able to go anywhere wearing whatever they like who are attempting to deny their Islamic sisters the same privilege.

    I see no moral distinction between the actions of FEMEN activists flashing their breasts at Muslims and telling them to take off their burqas and those of their bible-toting neck-to-knee-clad grandmothers who sailed off to Africa and the Pacific to tell the women there that they had to cover up their own breasts.


  2. Turns out I was being too impatient. IJFAB did post my comments after all.

    I shouldn’t have doubted them. They’ve always been very good at posting my criticisms in the past, even when they have been stupid ones.


  3. actually Burqa in its true sense, is not a symbol of oppression. and many girls, educated and having male friends and exposed, wear Burqa or scarf to feel protective around strange men or stares.
    but, but in some families and places, Burqa is enforced upon and with it the restrictions, not talking to any males except blood relations, not going out, not answering calls. That is oppression. and poor girls think its good for them and its their duty and obligation and they dont feel that its oppression. and those who do, and realize this, are in mental pain as they cannot do anything about and feel oppressed.


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