Wednesday, October 15, 2008

burqua versus The Story of O

French equality on display (left)

"It is not a religious sign but the visible sign of a totalitarian political project preaching sexual inequality".

These spirited words come from Fadela Amara, France's cities minister of Algerian origin, who should know what she's talking about(after all, France murdered one million of her compatriots)). What prompted the remark was the denial of citizenship to a Moroccan woman for wearing the burqua by the Conseil d'Etat. It was reported that "the woman adopted the burqua at her husband's request in France where she 'lives in total submission to the men in her family'. ("A burqua barrier", The Economist, July 19th 2008, p 53)"

"It is not a religious sign but the visible sign of a totalitarian political project preaching sexual inequality".

Let's go over the text: number one, it is not a religious sign; unlike, say, the wimple? Perhaps nuns are not all required to wear the wimple, but I haven't seen any in mini-skirts and strappy, high-heeled shoes – not yet, anyway. I haven't even seen any lay Catholics wearing such minimalist attire either.

Number two: the burqua is the visible sign of a totalitarian project – and the French know all about totalitarianism, don't they? After all, they invented the phenomenon in 1789 and welcomed the Nazis and sent Jews off to their gaseous deaths (only two French collaborators have been prosecuted to date). Perhaps there are invisible signs of totalitarian projects, unlike the burqua. But only the French know about these things, I suppose.

Number three: sexual equality. The more a woman covers herself, the less equal she is. Therefore, the more naked a woman, the more equal she is. Therefore, a stripper is more equal after doffing her garb than before – especially as she does that before applauding or jeering men, who probably respect her equality like crazy. So a woman can acquire equality after just a few minutes on the stage.

To take matters to their logical conclusion (and why not, since the French are a logical people): the ultimate act of equality must be the sex act – provided it is performed before an audience. In short, pornography. Pornography glorifies woman, raises her to new heights of respectability, and – of course – equality. "The Story of O" – that's equality a la Francaise.

Postscript: It follows that if the lady in question had been a stripper or a porn artist – thereby regularly exposing every square inch (and more) of her body to men for their cash – she would have been granted citizenship. This is not a society that values liberty – this is a society that's taken leave of its senses.

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