How you you say with a blank face that the face and head coverings worn by Muslim women is not oppressive? By its very nature, it is oppressive. It hides her from the world, particularly the burka. While many Muslim men wear no such coverings. The niqab and burka are symbols of inferiority. It creates a barrier between you and the rest of the world. The burka particularly prevents general connectedness because no one can see your face! How can you make a connection with someone if they can't even see you make the most basic facial expressions like a smile? I like to see people showing emotion, so I know how they feel and from there I can make a genuine connection with someone. Then again its not like many muslim women need to make a connection because often times they aren't allowed to. In Muslim countries, women aren't allowed to even go out of their house without a male escort. The niqab and burka are byproducts of this extremely oppressive culture.
Most modern religions oppress women whether by intent or not. The Catholic Church thinks that they are so bad they segregate the priests from the nuns. Some religions forbid contact between opposite genders unless they are married. The way religion treats people in general is horrible. And I don't see how those items can possibly be comfortable in the summer when temperatures go over 80 degrees.
If men wore niqabs too, in order to preserve their 'modesty' then fair enough but women in a niqab are as much declaring themselves as sex objects as women in sexy revealing outfits . It's all about female sexuality and the effect on men. Why not the other way around? Women need to be free to be human beings first and foremost, as men are and not be constantly viewed sexually either through being covered in a tent or half naked.
It is unhealthy for the women (vitamin D deficiency) and unfair to others like police, health care workers and anyone who has to deal with women or men, because you can't tell the difference, when you cannot see their face. What is to stop anyone, including criminals, from hiding behind the burqa? It is a disguise, pure and simple. Why don't men have to wear it if it is not considered to be oppressive? Why should western society accommodate this when Islamic societies do not accommodate western customs?
I believe that the burka is a symbol of hatred and oppression towards women, mainly because it is obligated and enforced. It may not necessarily be a sign of hatred in all societies, but it can definitely reflect a misogynistic and patriarchal society that does not give women the freedom to do whatever they want.
I feel that even the women who "choose" to wear burqa do so because of strong social and cultural influences. Their freedom of choice is not truly freedom at all. They are so accustomed to pleasing males and being oppressed that they do not fully know their own minds. A woman who is covered to that degree is neither seen nor heard. Of course this is oppression and hatred. Those who love you would want to see you set free. That is what love does!
It is a symbol of a culture that is extremely prudish when it comes to sex, making it something dirty and shameful, rather than the beautiful thing it is supposed to be. To cover one's hair rather than show it off is terrible, a woman's hair is a beautiful thing, there is no good reason beyond religious superstition to be covering it up. So I do find the burka to be a symbol of hatred and oppression towards women yes.
Islam was founded in the Arabian desert in the mid-600s. A face covering and head covering were part of Mohammed's desert culture more than 1500 years ago. There is no need for such antiquated traditions in a modern society. Men don't have to wear the same thing. I'm sure if men were made to cover their faces in public, things would be different.
I do not necessarily think that those garments and things are representing a "hatred" but I certainly do think at times they do, or at least did, symbolize oppression as a status symbol of inequality of women to men. Some women now believe them to just be a cultural item they wear to represent their religiousness beliefs. I think in past tenses, they were definitely signs of oppression.
Time, people, culture, society, and the environment we are surrounded by, can produce the formation of many perspectives regarding an issue that we see in today’s society. One of many controversial topics that surround Islam is the Hijab and burqa. Many questions and generalizations are often formed in the minds of many non-Muslims in regards to the concepts behind the Hijab through the influence of the media. Throughout the years of conflict between the "West" and "Islam", the media has strongly altered the minds of non-Muslims by negative exploitation of Islam, and Muslims, in particular on Muslim women. In April 2011 the new law of banning of “"Act prohibiting concealment of the face in public space" in France. Well know as “the Burqa ban” the president in France says that “it is not welcome in the france soil”. However the law’s words were carefully chosen meaning everything that covers your face are banned, obvious targeting Muslim women. One politician in favour of the ban said that people who wore the Burqa.No doubt, seeing women wearing the Muslim religious dress is strange for many people. This fact does not make the burqa and hijab something which ought to be feared or hated. The media negatively portrays the Muslim religious dress which has caused many people to pass judgment on this Islamic practice without having any knowledge of its significance. It is important to consider who benefits from such prejudiced propaganda. Some political parties, for example, capitalise on people’s misunderstandings and fears in order to make political gains. The Muslim dress code is for women and men :“O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of God's signs, that they may take heed”. (7:26) Quran
The Muslim religious dress code for women is to wear lose garments that is covering their body and hair. The Burqa which is covering the whole body but the eyes is optional.
Allah has stated in the Quran that women must guard their modesty.
Also in the Muslim religion the men have a dress code as well, which is, not wearing anything below the ankle or above the knee and tight clothing forbidden.
Allah has stated in the Quran the men should also gurad their modesty.
. This is purer for them. God is fully Cognizant of everything they do.
I am 16 years old girl, i go to high school and do everything a normal teenager does. I wear the Hijab/Niqab proudly and not forced to wear it by any male family member. I hate when people make these claims and pisses me off, i am not a terrorist, i don't go killing people, this is what media makes people think of me, i know that people judge me, im not blind. I respect other religions.
No, because the majority of women living in the west CHOOSE to wear the niqab or burqa. Just as wearing heels and short shorts can be seen as oppressive in the East (considering many large fashion labels are owned and dictated by men), who can debate that Western women are "owned" by men, on the opposite side. I think women should have the choice as to what they want to wear, whether it be pants or niqab/burqa. Giving a woman that choice should not be called oppressive regardless of what they choose to wear. I wear hijab, and my father actually really doesn't want me to wear a niqab or burqa. If I did choose to, that would be nothing but my own free choice, not something imposed on me because of religion or man.
It is actually a symbol of the frailty of men. They think they are so weak that if they see more than a woman's eyes they would be unable to resist her sensual body and would take her then and there. WTF?
In another sense, it could show that men think women are sexual sirens that could tempt them with a flash of ankle.
It's such a screwed up situation...but devout Muslim men really need to get a grip.
Everyone that I know that wears niqab have done so from pure choice. It is not a sign of oppression nor hatred. I being a female teenage muslim wear a burqa, and most deffinitely do not hate anyone, and am NOT oppressed, my choice of dress is completely my choice, not something enforced on me. In Islam, we believe that women are like pearls, beautiful and flawless, and found in clams in the ocean, rather than lying around unprotected, so that they are not damaged. It is a protection against rape and incidents of the like. If two women were standing side by side, both equally beautiful, but one with her beauty concealed and the other dressed showing it all, who'd be more likely to get raped or hurt? It's pretty obvious, disgusting perverted men will not be attracted if there's nothing to see. My example is by no means degrading a woman that does not cover herself, but merely explaining the reason to why we wear niqab, it's an act of protection, and a religious practice that brings us closer to our lord, not a sign of hatred or oppression.
People fear the unknown and oppose things which are unfamiliar to them. People of all shades and colors from white to black and every color in between wear the niqab and burka. Now the KKK... That's a different story. The only people found under those sheets were white people. I don't think it's anything wrong with modesty. I'd rather see women with long dresses covering themselves than to see women pulling their shirts up and revealing their bosoms for a beaded necklace.
I think it should be noted that the western world has begun to use the word "hatred" completely incorrectly. For example, racism is very commonly called hatred. This is absurd. Even during the time of slavery, people who were racist against black people did not hate black people, they merely thought that black people were inferior to themselves. Many had fond feelings for their nannies or housekeepers even though they believed that black people were incapable of being more than nannies or housekeepers. Patronizing and hateful are completely different things and should not be confused. Therefore, I think it is laughable to suggest that the niqab or burka is a symbol of "hatred" toward women, even if it was unfair or oppressive.
However, I do not think that niqab or burka is oppressive. It is just part of many Islamic cultures and the islamic women who cover their hair voluntarily would no more go out in public without their niqab or burka than western women would walk around shirtless. The burka is no more a symbol of oppression than the bra.