"I am utterly loathed to add to the feeling of isolation that Muslims are no doubt feeling across the western world, but the truth is that not all Muslims agree with wearing of the burka, and many, many Muslim women are desperate not to wear it – what about them? When we talk about banning the burka, why is our primary concern always for the women who want to wear it, and never for the women who don’t?"
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One thing this article doesn’t mention is conditioned desire. There are women who say they want to wear it, but when you’ve grown up under the threat of violence for not covering up; when you’ve been conditioned to buy into the idea that you must be covered from head to toe in order to maintain your family ties and cultural identity; when you’ve been taught from childhood to accept your role as a second class human being who’s very appearance can cause social problems; when you’ve been told since infancy that you honor your God by subjugating yourself or that those who refuse to do so end up in eternal hell… How then can it be considered a free choice?
When someone says they want to abuse drugs, we usually don’t sit back and consider that to be a rational free choice. If a person was given drugs at an early age and developed an addiction, how free is their desire to continue using? When a victim of a hostage situation falls under the spell of Stockholm Syndrome, how free is their desire to remain a hostage?
When someone in either of those two circumstances claims that they truly want to be there, why do we not believe them? But when a person who has grown up in all the psychological and cultural trappings provided by heavily indoctrinated religion, chooses to stick with the harmful practices of their family, why do we assume that their’s is a free-willed decision?
Personally, I’m still developing my opinion on this issue, this is just my current thought process…