Veils "suck", according to stunning-wife-despite-looks-of-bearded-halibut author Salman Rushdie.
And suck they do. I'm in total agreement with Deaththreat Fishman. I don't actually mind face-framing jilbabs as they can be rather pleasant in a colour & makeup co-ordination/ respectful dress kinda way. Like here...
It's nice. She's clearly a Muslim, and she's happy. I like that. Just look at her lovely visible demi-smile.
Now, working in a famously Arab/ Muslim part of London as I do, I also see a lot of
Now I'm sorry, but this is a shroud. She's clearly a Muslim but that is all I know. I don't know if she's deliriously happy or if she's contemplating suicide. I can't tell if she's pondering to herself, if she needs help about something, or if she'd like to strike up a casual conversation about spiralling tube prices. My guess, my ill-educated and mis-informed guess, is that she's the unhappily owned property of some bloke.
Is that wrong?
I guess the whole veil shtick can be boiled down to the dichotomy between the Sanctity of Religion vs. the Freedom of Expression. But is a full-on burqua a freedom of expression, or symbol of repression? 'Cos I see "Shut up and make me dinner, woman."
And is all this ranting showing me up as a racist and a sexist, because I really want to see what the person looks like? Although I am a little annoyed that I'm considered such a base animal that I'm likely to be consumed by lust if I see so much as an ankle.
One of my closest friends is a lady Muslim gentlewoman. She is happy and loud and attractive and boistrous and fun. I'd hate to think of her completely covered up from head to toe. It would hide all of her attributes and people would avoid her, preventing her huge personality from coming to the fore. How could it not? And I think that is the point of all this ranting.
Jewish women - this tickles me so much - are also compelled to cover their heads (because all these religions that divide us are essentially exactly the same), yet frum women have got round this potential beauty obstacle by covering their hair...
...with better hair.
Here is a frankly voluminous wig that a) apparently keeps God happy and b) makes the wearer more sexy anyway. Please visit www.savvysheitels.com for more observant lady headgear needs.
So why the covering up in Islamic tradition? Apparently, the Koran asks for heads to be covered, just like Judaism. But in a fascinating evolutionary manner, this one seed of duty, this minor covering of one's source of knowledge and wisdom in the sight of the Big Hombre has become an absurd, chattal-like control of women, something perhaps more cultural and societal than religious.
Either way, it's just another man-made creation, like wars and bombs and income tax.
So blame men. We are all utter cunts, except for me.
Please have sex with me.