- CRITTER TALK
Westerners often tend to find the sight of a woman so dressed slightly alarming. The reason for this is because we are used to looking at a person’s face when we interact with them. Facial expressions being a part and parcel of our method of communicating. Not being able to see a person’s face in the West is generally associated with bank robbers or other criminal types.
Former French President Sarkozy successfully campaigned for the French government to ban this mode of dress and any woman wearing it can be fined on the spot.
Over here in Blighty we rather playfully refer to them as ‘peek-a-boos’ or ‘Ninja’s’ or ‘black letterboxes’ or, more recently, ‘Harry Potter Death Eaters.” From time to time, I’m ashamed to admit, we do poke fun at the curious appearance.
If the woman in question is wearing the hijab of her own choice I have little sympathy for her. They live in the west and should adapt to western ways. It’s simply a question of respect for their adopted home.
Wearing a headscarf or pretty much anything else reflecting their particular lifestyle or religion is cool. Jewish people often wear skull caps, Sikh’s turbans, Americans baseball caps, Hell’s Angels WWII German helmets, Magicians fezzes, Muslim men en route to their mosque odd dress like things, nudists wearing nothing, and so on and so forth.
Now while I may blanch at standing in the street holding a conversation with a nudist, at least I can make eye contact and see their facial reaction – of course if said nudist happened to be an attractive female I would attempt to retain eye contact.
I would try and avoid holding a conversation with a Doctor Martin booted skinhead in case he disagreed with me and emphasised his difference of opinion with said Doctor Martin boots – but at least I could make eye contact and judge his facial expression if it suggested he was thinking “You are an asshole and my boot is heading for your head” I could run away.
The hijab with a niqab is not suitable attire in a western country if you are live there and are not just passing through.
Many Muslim women, however, don’t wear the hijab with the niqab out of choice. They wear it because their husbands or families force them to wear it and the consequences of disobeying their husbands or families would be dire. This is extreme Islam.
Unfortunately, some followers of Islam can’t seem to grasp the obvious. In some cases Islam is looked at with considerable suspicion. Moderate Muslims, for want of a better description, seem reluctant to publicly criticize their more extreme members, thereby leading many in the west to judge all of Islam as alien and invasive, which isn’t right either.
I have ‘moderate’ Muslim friends who tell me they are afraid to speak against the more extreme followers. I can only take their word for it.
Banning the hijab with niqab would be a justifiable action in Britain for two reasons:
1) Subjugated women would then be afforded at least a small amount of protection from said subjugation and feel the sun on their faces.
2) Women who wear it out of choice would no longer be allowed do so, thus making the job of law enforcement somewhat easier.
Recently three Muslim men attired as women wearing hijabs with niqabs robbed a jeweler’s shop not too far from where I live. This useful disguise that would no longer be available if it was banned.
Sometime ago on a driving lesson, the sun was shining and the car windows were down. As my student trundled along in heavy traffic I spotted two hijab/niqab wearing ladies walking by. They were staring intently at my car – possibly as the advertising for the driving school features a not exactly overdressed attractive young lady tearing up her ‘L’ Plates.
I smiled and playfully said “peek-a-boo” as we drove along.
It appears the intended humor was lost on them and one, with a ‘screech,’ pulled a tomato out of her shopping bag and threw it at my car. I immediately regretted my untoward comment.
I wonder whether that homely little tale is sufficient to show we have a long way to go before such a different way of life adapts to the west? Perhaps taking the ‘bull by the horns’ and banning the hijab with niqab would be just a small start? Is such drastic action necessary?
Now before anyone mentions ‘The British Colony’ in eastern Spain… I know! The British ex-pats over there have shown zero respect for the Spanish culture and tried to create ‘a little Britain.’ This is reprehensible, shameful and disgraceful behavior.
‘When in Rome’ eh chaps?
What do you think? Should the wearing of the hijab/niqab/burka be banned in your country?
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