My understanding of the Muslim religion, is that the ‘Burka’ is not something that a Muslim needs to wear.
In fact I live near a large Muslim area and have only ever seen one person wear it.
I went to college and university and non of my female Muslim friends and students wore it.
Personally I have no problems should anyone want to wear one (male or female, Muslim or non Muslim).
I am not sure if women who wear it are forced to or not (I have heard MP’s both Labour and Conservative claim they are forced to on the TV show ‘Question Time’ on the BBC TV UK).
However as I say, I would not wish anyone to be banned from wearing one.
However as I do not see it being religious, but rather a fashion item (possibly cultural) it does not mean that people cannot also mock it. In the same way when I had a pony tail people mocked me, but I survived.
Some people in fact find it very sexy (even though we are told its to stop sexuality of women).
Many find it intimidating, both because its often jet black and also because you cannot see a persons face. In fact many often feel insulted by someone wearing it.
In many countries I would suggest will find the Burka incredibly offensive.
So if you choose to wear it (and it is a choice), then if someone says you look like a letterbox, then don’t be offended. Nothing wrong with you making a joke out of it. After all its only an item of clothing.
There is one point though.
The danger is, what Boris Johnson has said may give some thugs an excuse to assault women wearing a Burka. And when I say assault I mean both physically and abusively.
- Denmark has got it wrong. Yes, the burka is oppressive and ridiculous – but that’s still no reason to ban it
One must also take note that even within many (if not all) Muslim countries women do not wish to wear the Burka.
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