It's like this... from my perspective... everyone, including men (who have a limited range of attire compared with modern Western Women today) should wear whatever they want to wear. Paint yourself in the most extraordinary colours if you will. Experiment. Create. Play. Why not?
Just accept the consequences of your decision to wear what you wear. This is the Western World.
Some outfits are intended to be provocative. The Western Woman does this intentionally. High come-home-and-fuck-me heels. Tight dresses. Vibrant sexy lips. False eyelashes. Decorative claws. All intentionally seductive and aggressive and if worn naively, incredibly unintelligent and stupid. As if they don't know what the consequences might be.
If you want to wear a Burqa (that looks a little bit like a stylish Vogue Tent or a beautiful flowing letter box) then do. If that makes you feel good, feel safe. Try playing football in it to prove the point that you're a free woman. Say: This is what I want! Say: This is my religion, my belief! All cool. What do I know about what you really feel, see or want under that impossible, impractical MASK of subordination ... because that's how it appears through my eyes. You can see my eyes, but I can't see your eyes. I can't tell what you're really thinking and feeling.
So, now we are getting to the two main points about the Burqa that concern me as a human being, as a mother and a woman who has had to learn the hard way how to be strong and integral and true to myself... all-be-it, yes, white, privileged and Western! Believe me, it's not easy to be a successful being on this planet. Man or woman. No matter where you come from. We are all duped in some way. Everyone experiences trauma of some sort. There is so much that can go wrong. Strength is overcoming all those things and standing to tell the story.
So, back to the TWO POINTS. Here's the first one:
If you wear a garment that provokes fear, suspicion and confusion in others and clearly marks separation from others, then you need to accept the consequences of that. PUNKS did the same thing. They intentionally wanted to create havoc and thereby draw attention to themselves. They didn't give a fuck about what the establishment thought. That was their intention. But at least one could see their faces. The Burqa instils fear. Humans (globally) operate on the recognition of facial features and body language. The Burqa covers all of that up and in a society where people are already paranoid about terror attacks from the East, then OBVIOUSLY the Burqa is a clear, if unintentional, provocation of fear and anxiety... all in the name of a religion we in the West don't understand or even want to understand, because of its suppression of women.
Here's the second point:
If I travel to another country on holiday, to work or live there, I do my utmost to learn the language and absorb the life-style, culture and belief systems of that country. Why not?! This seems to me to be an intelligent thing to do. I might not agree with everything, but I have to accept the consequences of opposing the system or displaying that I don't agree. If I don't like what I am experiencing, then I personally would make a decision to leave the country and go somewhere else. If I ended up in the Middle East and had to stay there I would, out of respect for the religious beliefs, wear a scarf (or whatever I have to wear in order not to get imprisoned). I would be a fool not to. Likewise, if people from other countries come to my homeland, and they receive benefits here, citizenship and sanctuary from the hardships in their own countries, or even if they are just on holiday, I expect the same of them. They need to get their head around a different culture and do their utmost to integrate and support that culture in return for the privilege of being there and being included. It would be dumb not to.
Let me put it in an even simpler way. I am a mother with a home that I have spent a long time building into a home that I believe is good and correct and open and safe for those that live here. I am a mother with children and grand-children. I have a community around me that relies on me and respects me. If a foreign person were to suddenly come and live in my home (for whatever reason) and didn't adhere to the rules that I have laid down, then I would throw them out ... like a wolf that guards her children and her den. This is what I would do. This is the law of nature. This is common sense.
Ultimately, for me it is about the individual's responsibility for one's own actions. Burqas are still legal in England, which is good, because I believe in freedom of speech and choice. One just has to be aware of the impact of the choice of 'MASK' one decides to wear. Which takes me to one final question: Does the female beneath the Burqa have this choice? If not, why not? There's the rub.
In my next blog, I will be commenting on some of JORDAN PETERSON's Rules For Life.
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