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255 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1994
While I would champion any campaign to support Muslim women who do not wish to cover, I would now also protest vigorously for the right of a woman to wear that covering, if it is what she wants and believes in. Ayatollah Khomeini and Jacques Chirac have much more in common than either of them would care to acknowledge. Each tried to solve overarching social problems by imposing his will on the bodies of women.Any societal institution that can be abused will be. This includes politics, it includes education, and it most certainly includes religion. No matter the reason a man uses to justify his desire to control a woman’s body, he is still attempting to control a woman’s body, which is not his to control. The extremist Muslims who force their wives and daughters to wear the niqab when in public are no different from the French politicians who force women not to wear burkinis, never mind that a non-religious swimsuit covering the same amount of skin would be perfectly permissible. In short: unfortunately, everyone is stupid.