28 March 2010

Brave New Peekaboo World

"We would never for a moment view with equanimity large numbers of masked men on our streets. But how quickly we’ve got used to walking around, say, Tower Hamlets in East London and seeing more fully covered women than you do in Amman."

UPDATE: Hmmm... I'm gonna guess...

...for the next little while, Burqa-clad women in Moscow, New York, London & Toronto... are gonna get all the personal space they need... especially on the subway.


David Thomson said...

The state does not have the right to tell people what they can or can not wear. It does however have the right to demand that those who wish to use it's services, (healthcare), prove they are who they say thay are.

langmann said...

Yeah, I cannot stand burkas. As far as I am concerned they rank high in the Top Ten List of Clothing Forced on Oppressed Groups. Maybe not as bad as this but it makes the list.

That being said, I don't like the government telling people what they can or cannot do - if they want to do it that is. Some deluded lefty women seem to think that the burka is a woman's liberation symbol.

As far as I am concerned, everyone needs to show proof of identity and then they can cover back up.

I'll still see and treat women in burka's in my ER. Then again, that's if they let me, being a man and all.

langmann said...

Oh forgot to add this thought of the day: Imagine if instead of Quebec putting in this law, it was Alberta?

I think we'd be hearing "racist" from the pundits from now until next year.

Frances said...

It's also a power thing: I can see you, but you can't see (and identify) me. I'd not want to be in a position to have to serve Ms anon behind her burka. She can identify me and complain if she feels my service is not adequately subservient; I cannot identify her and am in a seriously inequal position.