I find religious belief odd to
start off with, especially when it comes to public displays of delusional
thinking… that somewhere, some invisible chap dictated what you have to wear in
order to show your devotion to him.
What I find particularly
disappointing is that women always seem to get the short end of the stick when
it comes to religion (after all, the guy in the sky is male, so why should we
be surprised) followed by hollow justifications such as purity etc. While it
actually just boils down to male jealousy or some males inability to behave
If that god (in this case Allah)
wanted woman to look like amateur ninjas he would have created them so ugly
that you want them to cover up and not have wasted his time making them
attractive to the male of the species. Not that he did, it is a simple
evolutionary process to ensure mating and survival of the species, but lets
pretend for an awfully long second that there is a male chauvinist pig in the
sky with an unhealthy interest in our sex lives.
So here we have the following
United States consulate in Johannesburg recently hosted the burkas
Project, dealing with Muslim identity from the perspective of Muslim women who
wear the burka (an outer garment worn by women in some Islamic
traditions for the purpose of cloaking the entire body) and niqab (a
veil that covers the face).
Of course it was done as a PR
stunt by the US consulate, trying to appease the adherents of Islam in a small
token way, in the vain hope that their stuff-up in Middle East will somehow be
easier to swallow.
Youngsters are a soft target, and
they know it (politicians don’t hug babies because they love them, but because
their parents do) ….. one wonders what the response would have been if they
decided to pull this PR stunt with adult women..
O well lets look at some of the
People would laugh at us as if
the religion was a joke. I felt as if I was a ghost at times and like I was
mourning. It was tiring and hot. I used bright colours to show that I was not
mourning, but happy. The circles represent the fact that there is no end to
people’s ignorance — they knew nothing about us, but chose to laugh.
And you are surprised that they
laughed, as they say in the classics, when in Rome do as the Romans do. …
circles representing ignorance? Errmm it was her choice to disappear from sight
behind a cloth, and she knew the consequences, it was her choice and not as if
she was born with this outfit. I think the circles represented her own
ignorance about human behavior.
didn’t know my true identity
because of people’s negativity. I felt as though I was doing something wrong
because of people’s stares. First, I felt dehumanised, then I felt pure and
innocent — that’s why I put a white ribbon on my burka. I realised
that people’s minds have not changed, so the pins symbolise the cruelty. This
experience has taught me to respect religion far more than I ever have.
Lets make this simple. You
covered yourself up like a mummy with certain symbolism attached to it (not
your own) in an environment where it is not the norm…. and it taught you to
respect a delusion more? Eish.
The judgement that oozed from the
customers’ eyes pierced my heart, causing me to look quickly down in humility.
I missed my inviting smile, daring red hair, my feminine soft hands and
everything else God had blessed me with, but I knew that a piece of cloth
didn’t define me, nor did I have to look like everyone else to feel that little
inch of acceptance, but I began to feel weary.
Errm yip, you decided to cover up
your “god given” features…. your choice, not those who “judged” you.
Every child was scared of us and
even asked if we were good or bad people.
Aaahh trust little children to
express truthfully what adults are really thinking. Perfectly normal.
Many women are reclaiming the burka,
reinterpreting it in light of its original purpose, giving back to women
ultimate control of their own bodies. You see, I am not controlled by my
miniskirt and revealing shirt, so I’m never harassed like sexual dirt!
O bingo. Sexual dirt??? Excuse
me… and what is the male role in all of this??? I mean what does it take for a
woman to be considered sexual dirt?? A warped religous conviction maybe?
No it does not give you back
ultimate control, you abdicate that control to a piece of cloth…. and a
miniskirt etc does not control you either…. you get the drift.
The meaning of this way of dress
extends to the depths of modesty, privacy and morality. Being feminine
represents purity. Being pure comes with morals and dignity, which are linked
to respect and faith and, ultimately, when this puzzle is built, a picture of
contentment, serenity and peace is established. Why do they consider it
derogatory when they have no knowledge of Islam?
And they leave the most deluded
thinking for last…. this piece of cloth acts as a symbol for modesty, privacy,
morality… hmmmm and the male version for this is?
So they want to promote knowledge
of Islam by parading girls around in mobile prisons (mind prisons as well)?
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