observations and opinion
The burqa is not part of Islam but rather, is a custom adopted in certain Muslim cultures, representing the power of a man and his ownership of the women and girls in his house.
The burqa is a dog collar. It is a “sold” sign on a woman’s body. To be required to wear it against her will is a brutal violation of any woman’s rights and of our cultural norms.
But if a woman is already living under the tyranny of such a father or husband, will her “owner” permit her to uncover her face? Or will he instead, force her to hide in the house?
And if a woman has to trade the cloth prison of her burqa for the bricks and concrete prison of her home, what kind of “freedom” exactly has Bill 62 advanced?
Quebec is right to be concerned about the rights of these women and to act to help them. But the problem is not the cloth and the problem is not the women wearing it. The problem is, the husbands, fathers and imams who insist that they wear it.
There is no easy or obvious answer to the problem of such men. But whatever the answer is, it is probably not one which makes life worse for the women under their thumbs.
I would like never to see another woman in a burqa. They make me shudder for the women inside them, and for the rest of our futures. But what matters in life is probably not what people wear on their heads, but rather, what’s going on inside their heads.
Let’s work on that, shall we?