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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Veils Suck


Salman Rushdie gave his opinion in the niqab debate that was sparked by Jack straw.

He said: "Straw was expressing an important opinion which is that veils suck, which they do. I think that the veil is a way of taking power away from women."

Rushdie also said: "I think the battle against the veil has been a long and continuing battle against the limitation of women, so in that sense I am completely on Straw's side."

And I am completely on Salman's side.

8 Comments:

  • "Veils Suck": Such a strong argument!!

    By Blogger MechanicalCrowds, At 3:34 AM, October 12, 2006  

  • I kind of agree that the veil "sucks" but i disagree with this very personal view being imposed on those who do not think it "sucks".

    By Blogger شهرزاد Shahrazad, At 6:45 AM, October 12, 2006  

  • There is something about seeing a woman shrouded in black from head to foot and peering through a slit which shrieks female oppression to me.

    By Blogger zabinzo, At 12:23 PM, October 12, 2006  

  • I also STRONGLY disagree with those that impose their view that all women should be veiled because if they aren't then it implies that they are evil whores.

    I'd be more than willing to share the millions of stories I've heard and witnessed about harassment in Egypt due to not being veiled, either hijab or niqab.

    And by harassment, I mean either harassing words, evil stares or actual physical violence.

    I would be more than ecstatic to be rid of it altogether. But since every time I visit Egypt these days I see more and more not less and less. Basically, the only ones left in Egypt that are not veiled are the Christians. Which serves as a great tool for discrimination by crazies.

    My question is since NOBODY, I repeat NOBODY, in Egypt wore even the hijab in Egypt 50 years ago was the entire country decadent and evil? Were there mass rapes in the streets of Cairo and Alex? Were Egyptians back then unreligious and despised by God?

    Hmmm...what the F*** happened??

    By Blogger Egypeter, At 4:19 PM, October 12, 2006  

  • Egypeter,

    Look i too hate the hijab and niqab etc but just like i'm not happy about the veil being imposed on women i feel just as strongly when people try to impose the view that it shouldn't be worn.
    I'm not exactly happy with the whole hijab trend that seems to have swept egypt but you know what? Who cares what i think! I can't expect a whole country to conform to my way of thinking or to go back to the way it was in the 50s, as appealing as that would be.

    It's very strange how you're claiming to be against this and that being imposed on women yet you're quite happy about your views on the veil to be imposed on them instead. So effectively, one imposed opinion should be swapped by yet another imposed opinion, yours that is.
    BTW, i would be just as irritated if someone was to try and impose their views on the mini for instance.
    What the hell happened to wear what you want?

    By Blogger شهرزاد Shahrazad, At 9:40 PM, October 12, 2006  

  • Well Shahrazad. You're entitled to your opinion even though I do not agree with it.

    Egypt would be better served if Sheikh Qardawi never convinced the masses that they're soulds were in jeopardy if they didn't don the hijab. That's what happened and it's too bad.

    Sure, "Why can't people wear whatever the hell they want" sounds good. But it ain't that simple, and DEFINITELY not in Egypt. Being pressured/brain-washed sure isn't "freedom" to wear whatever you want.

    My question stands. Were Egyptians in the 50's less Islamic b/c they didn't wear the hijab, let alone the niqab, that's become really cool to wear?

    Shit has gotta get reversed...and soon.

    By Blogger Egypeter, At 12:48 AM, October 13, 2006  

  • Except that Straw objected on Salman's words and said that he [Straw] didn't use this word [suck] to describe the veil.

    By Anonymous Alif, At 2:44 AM, October 13, 2006  

  • I think the whole problem here is materializing the words into physical mandates as i belive the whole deal aims at restraining women's desire for vanity and male attraction, which is good as long as she can still see and hearand use her senses and not look like a grim reaper, however, i say this is totally relevant, you will not feel attracted to plain lady with no make up on and well groomed hair and regular clothes if she's surrounded by make-up filled faces wearing micro skirts, on the other hand you maybe attracted to the same plain woman if she were standing in the middle of nikab wearing women, so basically i think everyone knows what should be done, but they choose to go with the flow or just rest their minds (after all how many minutes of thinking can one brain handle)

    By Blogger MirrorCrax, At 10:10 PM, February 01, 2007  

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