12 April 2011

Me Me Me Me Bloody ME

So they've done it then. The French have gone and banned the burka, and it's probably only a matter of time before The Generic Republic of Muslamistan retaliates with a ban on berets, stripy sweaters and stinking of garlic. So why have they bothered, apart from crude electioneering and appeasing their far right? Obviously we can rule out actual freedom and dignity for Muslim women as, well, how the fuck does it actually make anyone any freer? Are any oppressed housewives really going to be saved? If they've adopted the full veil of their own accord, then how does it save them to force them to strip it off? If they've been forced into it by their husbands, then their relationship with their husbands isn't going to be changed by whether or not we can see their nose, except they might just stop leaving the house at all. As I've said before, it's a ban on a symbol of oppression, not oppression itself. A ban on the outer, public signs of misogyny that does nothing to make it go away. Ok, so maybe the odd wife-beater will realise the black eyes will show up in public, but let's be honest with ourselves, and look who it is getting handcuffed for freedom.

This reminds me of the Daily Star's take on the humanitarian crisis in Lampedusa:
ITALIAN Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi last night effectively gave 20,000 Arab refugees free passage to the UK.
There's another clue if we look at why we're not banning it here: it would run "contrary to British instincts". Our tabloids can't look at sickening fear, desperation and poverty abroad without worrying about our ethnic purity being soiled. Our government declines mandatory face-nudity, because it's not quite compatible with our petty, sense of arbitrary national identity. The French are so outraged by women's oppression that they demand not to have to look at it any more. We see the injustices suffered by Arabs and Muslims the world over, and the first thing we think is "how can we stop it affecting us?".

We really are a ghastly bunch of self-centred cunts in Europe, aren't we?

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