It had been estimated that only 367 Muslim women in France (from a survey by DCRI, the French Secret Servive) wore the burqa. This Gallic ban was followed by Holland and attempts by other Judaeo-Christian nations like Canada and Australia. Of course Egypt and Turkey (under Ataturk) had done so earlier.
When I was working at Leicester Infirmary some years ago, a Russian colleague complained about 'these women in their black bin bags' and this view was seconded by the other Asian (meaning Indian) ladies. Then Esther, my good friend from Antigua (in the Caribbean) calmly protested, "Why can't you leave them alone? What have they ever done to you?" Dear Esther always spoke her own mind and her words left a hushed, maybe ashamed (and certainly resentful) effect in the rest room.
Recently, at the Autumn/Winter 2012 London Fashion Festival, a version of this taboo apparel became a fashion statement. This came from Sibling Designers run by Cozette McCreery, Sid Bryan and Joe Bales.
What do Sarkozy and other pious Western leaders make of the above fashion? Will they consider this as a security risk, an affront to women's freedom? (After all, the guerilla's balaklava, just like the burqa, deliberately conceals identity).
|White Racists from the English Defence League|
Or will they support it as a human right for fashionistas to display and sell?
If that's the case I think these 'abominable' Muslim items of apparel should not be scorned or banned as they will provide inspiration for European Fashion Houses:
Or is the sauce for Muslim women not sauce for Europe's Fashion Designers?
And what's the difference between the garment worn by Dolores Hart (the first actress to kiss Elvis Presley - and yes, she's also the one on the right) ............
Dolores Hart now lives in a nunnery - the other lady is very much with the world.