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Fri, 13 Oct 2006

The Veil

The recent palaver about the full-face veil worn by some Moslem women (and it should be noted that the politician who raised the issue is somewhat deaf and to a large degree only understands what people are saying by lip-reading) prompted me to think (again) about why the veil exists. If the full veil really were a reaction to uncontrollable male lust, then surely us uncontrolled lustful males would just rip the damned things off so we could get at the gloriously rapeable wenches* hiding underneath. In which case, the best response to the presence of those uncontrollable male beasts would be for the Moslem community to arm its women and send them to self-defence classes.

I note a distinct lack of veil-ripping, and also of Moslem women at self-defence classes. Which, to be perfectly blunt, demonstrates that all that prattle about lust is somewhat terminologically inexact.

* I like that phrase so much that I'll say it again. "Gloriously rapeable wenches". Lovely.

Posted at 23:26 by David Cantrell
keywords: deafness | politics | religion
Permalink | 2 Comments

"Moslem community to arm its women and send them to self-defence classes"

Bet that would be popular on YouTube...

Posted by Ben on Mon, 16 Oct 2006 at 10:37:09

As a reasonable, sensible and responsible male, it's also highly insulting! But of course I think people should wear whatever they want in public, as long as their identity is not being scrutinised... If it is, then they should be prepared to deal with it.

I would love someone to walk into a bank wearing a full motorbike helmet, though, only to reveal a niqab, burqa or other face veil (or, indeed, a nun's habit, which are equally silly) underneath when asked to remove it. Then imagine if they said they were following a bike based religion! If L Ron Hubbard can start a religion that's recognised in several countries (with the exception of Germany, which I hope still stands), anyone can...

There shouldn't be any exemptions in a modern society when security is important -- and while I'm against national biometric ID databases, I think it's only fair that people should be reasonable and show their face when talking to someone who lip-reads, or engaging in a face to face transaction.

Posted by Marc K on Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 14:15:17

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