So if not for fear of punishment (from her god, her husband, government, or whoever), what then could a possible reason be why a woman could truly desire to cover her entire face from the world entirely of her own free will? I have honestly never heard a possible explanation.
So if the thought process for veil-wearing women is anything like mine, if it's more to get the fuck away from the crunching tectonic plates hovering over women in this country, then it's not much of a CHOICE. If the veil choice is more of an exit strategy, then it's not so free.
(That said - if I'm going to accept that people want to play dog and be led around on a leash by their 'masters' - who am I to judge burqas...)
I also think the majority of commenter here are highly ignorant to suggest that a completely independent, free-thinking woman would make a voluntary decision to completely obscure her face in public.
Those women who sincerely 'choose' the veil, are publicly allying themselves with the assholes who would, and in some nations do, require the veil.
Individuals in non-conquered nations like the US or Canada who voluntarily chose to wear the Swastika, as a sign of friendly Aryan solidarity, would be making a 'choice'--a choice to stand in solidarity with Nazi Germany.
Muslim women who choose the veil are publicly choosing to associate themselves with evil men and evil practices.
The vast majority of Muslim women never had a legitimate opportunity to choose their religion. Rather, they are victims of childhood religious indoctrination. How free is their choice? They were brainwashed from the cradle.
Regarding the analogy to high heels: false. The western patriarchy does not have the force of law, and it does not require high heels always be worn in public.
We simply don't like the veil--and our dislike has a logical and ethical basis, and is not mere bigotry or aesthetic preference.
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