The following is a summation and analysis of the chorus of contradictory arguments against the niqab: “The niqab is both demeaning to men but also imposed by men”, so men imposed the niqab to demean themselves? “The niqab makes women invisible”, yet the same people claim women in niqab are being publicly conspicuous, with the sight of women in niqab apparently “intimidating the public”. “The niqab is forced on women against their will”, so these women must be forced to remove it? “The niqab is a restriction on women’s life choices”, so women should be denied the choice to wear it? “The niqab is a form of sexual objectification”, so Muslim women should be compelled to wear more revealing clothes and “express their sexuality”? “The niqab is antisocial”, so let’s ban it and confine these women to their homes? “The niqab inhibits communication”, especially when niqab wearing women communicate to us otherwise. “The niqab makes women invisible”, so let’s camouflage them by making them dress the same as everybody else? “The niqab makes women oppressed and powerless” – but it also makes them “dangerous and deceptive” apparently! “The niqab implies that women’s natural sexual power is dangerous”, so they’re oppressed…but considered powerful. “The niqab is designed to control the sexuality of women”, it is also designed to ward off the sexuality of men. “The niqab is offensive to men because it suggests that men cannot be trusted to control themselves” – yes, in the same way that door locks are offensive to strangers. “The niqab symbolises an overriding social concern with a woman’s body”; so let’s have a national debate about these women’s bodies. zarafaris.com

The following is a summation and analysis of the chorus of contradictory arguments against the niqab:

“The niqab is both demeaning to men but also imposed by men”, so men imposed the niqab to demean themselves?

“The niqab makes women invisible”, yet the same people claim women in niqab are being publicly conspicuous, with the sight of women in niqab apparently “intimidating the public”.

“The niqab is forced on women against their will”, so these women must be forced to remove it?

“The niqab is a restriction on women’s life choices”, so women should be denied the choice to wear it?

“The niqab is a form of sexual objectification”, so Muslim women should be compelled to wear more revealing clothes and “express their sexuality”?

“The niqab is antisocial”, so let’s ban it and confine these women to their homes?

“The niqab inhibits communication”, especially when niqab wearing women communicate to us otherwise.

“The niqab makes women invisible”, so let’s camouflage them by making them dress the same as everybody else?

“The niqab makes women oppressed and powerless” – but it also makes them “dangerous and deceptive” apparently!

“The niqab implies that women’s natural sexual power is dangerous”, so they’re oppressed…but considered powerful.

“The niqab is designed to control the sexuality of women”, it is also designed to ward off the sexuality of men.

“The niqab is offensive to men because it suggests that men cannot be trusted to control themselves” – yes, in the same way that door locks are offensive to strangers.

“The niqab symbolises an overriding social concern with a woman’s body”; so let’s have a national debate about these women’s bodies.

zarafaris.com

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