The Burkini: Self-Expression or Patriarchy?
Yesterday, I was waiting for a tram on the way to work when I found a woman stepping out of a tram, on the platform across. She was covered head to toe in an Islamic veil, commonly known as a Burka. The only human part to see were, of course, her eyes. Despite the fines in Switzerland for wearing a Burka are up to 10,000 CHF (£7,700), she was still rather content with ignoring the legal system.
This very action made me wonder, whether her ignorance was just pure imbecilic behaviour or general retaliation. Or was the woman more scared of the consequences of taking off the burka, than the fine and embarrassment?
It is rather commonplace in many Islamic households, that the man governs what is to happen, when and where. Gender roles are usually prevalent in these households, where the woman is to stay at home and look after the children, whilst the father earns the money at work. Whereas I do not disagree with such practice, I do however feel that both parties must agree to such a lifestyle.
A lot of the time, it is normal to see a Muslim woman wearing a hijab or burka. This is usually due to “modesty”, male jealousy and what seems religious practices. I can also enlighten those of you who will ask where in the holy book of peace and sunshine (Quran) I found such a thing:
“do not flaunt your charms as they used to flaunt them in the old days of pagan ignorance” [33:33].
Women who do not cover themselves in head to toe and endanger themselves with heat exhaustion in Islamic countries are often stoned, raped or both due to “temptation”. In fact, Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it; Amira Osman Hamid, who faces whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab; the women in London whom Muslim thugs threatened to murder if they didn’t wear hijab; Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain; and the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab, are splendid examples of other sick punishments.
Even on the beach in western countries, a place of freedom and the right to expose oneself and swim comfortably without obstructions, Muslims are still forced to wear the veil. Especially this summer, where it is meant to be very warm in Europe, women are still forced to suffer in the heat in order to go to the beach or the poolside and enjoy themselves like normal people.
Davic Lisnard, the Mayor of Cannes, has banned the Burkini on public beaches. “the uniform of extremist Islamism” was banned in Cannes late July, along with more than 30 French municipalities following the suit.
Naturally, the retaliation of the Muslims and the regressive left was higher than anticipated. Some clever clogs even had the Einstein moment of coming up with a beach party at the French embassy in London.
Protesters holding homemade signs say “our bodies, clothes, religion, choice”, and “islamophobia is not freedom”.
Amusing isn’t it? Feminists talking about “freedom” and “choice” when really, the case in which we find ourselves isn’t a matter of freedom or choice. Islam clearly does not demonstrate freedom, when children sometimes as young as 4 are forced to cover their heads in the name of a religion. Islam clearly does not talk about choice when death is the answer to religious disobedience.
It is beyond me how people fail to see the hypocrisy of such protests. Does one clearly not see the misogynistic, primitive and politically motivated ideology behind such dressing? Why are we accepting a backwards culture into our modern world, and presenting it as a form of feminism and choice?
No, it is not necessary to suffer due to a religion. Therefore, why are we promoting this as a matter of choice, when it is clear that woman today still suffer from not being able to make a choice in Islam.