France bans Niqab

Because forbidding women from wearing particular things increases their freedom. And making them feel that they can’t leave the house makes them more equal. And there’s nothing Islamophobic about this. After all, a Christian who wanted to cover their face would also be prevented.

Please don’t misunderstand me: there is plenty to criticise about the views underlying a demand for women, but not men, to cover their faces. But there’s also plenty to criticise about e.g. traditional marriage vows (“obey”), and I don’t think they should be banned either. (Though I do think one could make a better case for banning those vows than for banning niqabs, now that I reflect on it.)

(Thanks, Synaesthetik!)

5 thoughts on “France bans Niqab

  1. sorry, on a more serious note: how unsurprised will we be when it’s also announced that anyone who breaks this law will be (if they haven’t citizenship) deported? what’s up, france?

  2. I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another … Go to, I’ll no more on’t; it hath made me mad. I say, we will have no more marriages.

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