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Amal Ghandour tells Newsweek Bkinis and Burqas More Common Than You Think

Well Said: Bikinis and Burqas More Common Than You Think

"One decides to veil, the other decides to flaunt. But both have internalized the idea of being sex objects as central to their identity."

—Stanford educated Shiite Amal Ghandour tells Newsweek that Muslim women like the new Miss USA don't differ that much from those who decide to wear the veil. She reasons that many women who wear the full-covering veil see themselves as prizes for the men they hope to attract. I never really thought of it that way.

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FrostAyr FrostAyr 7 years
My class had to read "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi in school and I feel that women should be given a choice to liberty (from the burqa/hijab) and the right to their religion if they choose to.
nguidjol nguidjol 7 years
That's not exactly true about France. All the political parties agree on banning the burqa in official places (states schools, states offices etc..). There is a separation of church and state in France and the government wants to apply it. The difference between left and right is that the right (French Republicans) wants the burqa to be banned everywhere including the streets, whereas the left (French Democrats) wants the ban to be limited to officials places.
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
Oh sorry - not very good at message board etiquette. I thought the ^^ meant you were responding to me.
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
Wait... spacekatgal, was your comment for me? Because I agree with you. My "if a woman wants to cover up" comment was basically directed to France - I don't think it's a government's right to tell a woman that she can't wear a burqa if she really wants to. I'm not sure if this is what you were responding to?
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
Cirrus, I am Iranian, Turkish, Russian, and German. Part of my family lives in Tehran still but some left after the revolution and now live in the US (like me) and Europe. To the 2 anonymous posters above: you are right. Nowhere in the Koran does it say that a woman needs to be veiled. So why are women in middle eastern countries forced to wear scarves and burqas? If a woman wants to cover up then more power to her. The bottom line is that no one should be forced to be veiled or vice versa.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 7 years
Perhaps piety would be a better word for wearing things like the Amish/Mennonite/Other Christian prayer coverings, yarmulkes, hijabs, etc. In regards to the burqa and niqab, I totally agree with you jo!! Are you an Iranian national?
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
I still think it's insane that women are forced to cover up just because men are weak and will be "tempted" by female hair, faces, arms, etc. Uggh! How about you just suck it up and grow a pair men? Just so you earlier posters feel a little better... not all women have to dress like that. I've actually never seen a full-on burqa in Iran at least. Most women dress like this there:
zeze zeze 7 years
I disagree. Society sexualizes women more than men. That is not an opinion, that is a fact from television shows to business tactics to traditions and cultures. I see the women flaunting themselves in bikinis as women who accept that label of sexual object and look to succeed or get ahead by accepting that role. Women who veil on the other hand are rejecting that label and saying DONT look at rack and butt and judge my worth, look at other attributes, my smarts, my personality etc... I think the woman who made this comment is assuming that the only reason women who veil are veiling is to attract men to their purity - but that assumption is silly, many women who veil are married, have children (so its not to say their are pure virgins). If women wore the veil until they got married, I would get that, it would mean once the deed was done, the goal was accomplished and everyone knew their prize (virginity) was won the girl became useless and no one needs to even look to her anymore, but with Muslim women, this is not the case.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
That's a very interesting point.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Wow, never thought of it this way....The burqua is there to attract men, because it basically is the same as a purity ring....Here, I'm pure, I'm saving myself for one man. So while the message is contradicting, the goal is the same...
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 7 years
Dear G-d, that literally left me in tears!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I never thought of it that way either, but that's quite insightful. Religion and pop culture can brainwash people in remarkable ways. Shayna I think the burqa is the one that covers the entire face, including the veil. That picture above is technically a Niqab because the eyes are showing. This is a burqa:

ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
Except that the woman wearing the bikini is hoping to attract men via flaunting her body, whereas the burqa (if I'm understanding the point correctly), and definitely the clothes worn by Ultra Orthodox Jewish women, is to conceal those features so that the focus is on the woman's face and personality... Not exactly the same!
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