I read a good article today, and it got me thinking about the subject of the burqa here in free America. I have met a lot of people from a wide range of places through the years, so I started to think about their views of this.
The people I know personally from the Mid-East and Asia came to this country for more personal freedom for themselves and their children. A better life. Covering their heads was one of the main reasons they wanted to leave their homelands, believe it or not. While these women would agree to cover in airspace when traveling, and in countries where they are required to do so, they were most happy to return to their FREE, uncovered head and body status they loved here in America, Europe and other places where it is not required.
These women are married to conservative but open minded men who allow their wives to be their own person. They do not feel insecure about their wives sexuality or her unique personality. These men are comfortable in their own skin, and do not feel threatened by American dress. They wish to fit in with all others here from many places and respect and like the variety of people’s traditions. If attending a Mosque, or other religious event, I am sure a nice scarf would be fine. The men that marry American women and make them cover? I am not even going to say what I think of that other then the women must really want to be dominated or have other issues I am not qualified to point out, and those men? Totally insecure. They love the control or the fact that they have that power. Plain and simple.
Now, to the subject of the full cover in America. Hummmm……I do not mean this in a disrespectful way, but I feel sorry for those women. I feel like they need hoses to go with the air mask looking hoods. They are distracting, ugly and look hot, have limited vision, and are scary to drive close to for this reason. We have nice, conservative clothes and great designers. We have really pretty scarves to coordinate with the nice, pretty, conservative clothes, so I do not comprehend it.
What is the problem? Why would a man from a burqa wearing country have his wife or daughters living in a country with a very individual dress style if he hates it? Then, why would he hold them to this tradition here? To be different, mean, for control, or to prove a point?
Let’s be rational. Can you see American women jogging or out in the yard planting shrubs in 108 degrees in the summer heat wearing a burqa? Can you imagine a woman, who is wearing a burqa, and working in her garden. Because she can’t see the hose, she trips over it and falls against the fence. Down she goes, legs and arms in the air. An accident occurred because she could not see. I think that if people repress the freedom of dress of their family members while living in this country it sends the wrong signals. It says “I refuse to fit in” or “I would rather not be here, but I am. So this is my way and I am here for my family.”
Ok fine, we have religious freedom here, but it is 2010. Women are not chattel here. We are respected for our minds and our wishes for ourselves. Our opinions count. We are allowed to dream. This burqa thing is a step backward for women. We refuse to step back. Buy some nice scarfs if you must, but please join us in 2010 America.
They look like baggage in those things. Moving packages. Not like real people. Like less then deserving people. Like sad ladies that cannot come out into the sunshine with the rest of the ladies. Like they are too ugly to be seen by anyone and have bags over their heads as punishment? That is not fair. There are pretty eyes in there looking out like an animal in a cage. There are lovely women inside that garb.
This is The United States of America. Think old movies, Grace Kelly and sophisticated, elegantly, draped heads in a classic convertible, blowing in the wind. Those movies are beautiful and conservative, but they are really old too, but class never goes out of style. Join us in America 2010. All are welcome from all around our world. Those that fit in become Americans. Those that refuse need to consider relocation to a culture more in balance with what they wish to be. Repressed. Burqas mean repression to American women. We like being able to be ourselves, and to see well as we walk too.
I hope to have a lot of comments on this subject, as it seems to be the topic of conversations in Europe now, so I think we should all think about it too.