Monday, 22 June 2009

Sarkozy un'veils' his agenda

French President today told the French parliament that burka "undermines the dignity " of women depriving them of their identity. This statement is probably going to create furore as Muslim groups in France have reacted angrily. He may not have been politically correct in saying what he said and should expect a backlash from the Middle East.

For once I agree with Sarko because I do think that an identity of a woman is reduced to the tent she is wearing. However much it may be said that it is her choice, it's the social conditioning or pressure which allows these women to make a 'choice' if it is a choice. While critics argue that women wearing lesser clothing doesn't make them 'liberated', I think a woman needs to have a choice to wear or not wear whatever she wants without her action, intentions and thoughts questioned. And when we reach this utopian situation, then we can say we are free.


moai said...

I know why Sarko brings it back so to avoid internal real major issues.
Women in France have the right to dress the way they want to be when they want to be (a bit confising). Why should we discuss this?
While the tremendous slaughtering of jobs keeps going on. I work in a social organization dedicated to homeless. Gosh HELP, the number of homeless in Paris is overwhelming and the more time we spend on arguing will make their way back harder,longer.

n.aka.zephyr said...

its all a political drama...however the backlash i expected did not happen...