So, today President Sarkozy’s much-discussed burqa (and niqab) ban comes into force in France. The male-dominated authorities say that this is not motivated out of Islamophobia – in fact they claim it has nothing to do with religion at all. No, they say they are doing it for women – because they have an overpowering commitment to fight sexism and defeat oppressive patriarchal, gendered dress codes.
Then, I take it they’ll also be banning Christians from requiring women to wear a hat and men to take off a hat in church and Jews for requiring men to wear a hat and women to take off a hat in synagogue? Btw…C’mon make up yer minds, folks;)!
Umm…well at least then, they’ll be banning all those workplaces and educational establishments which require women to wear skirts and cosmetics in order to emphasize a traditionally male-contructed ‘feminine’ appearance and all those places (including posh French restaurants) which require men to wear a cloth phallus around their necks which advertises – “hey, I have a floppy penis and now it’s gone all limp and soggy because it’s dangling in your soup” – otherwise known as a tie??
*cue painfully stereotypical gallic shrug of shoulders a la Maurice Chevalier*
So, well, at the very least they’ll not be making the definition of what makes a real woman as being dependent on how big her breasts are then???
Cos it’s all about a male-dominated autocracy telling the rest of us what we can and cannot wear, n’est pas?