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Why do I hate Burqa?


I couldn’t have named my essay any differently. There is no perfect answer on whether Burqa should be allowed or not in the modern world. It is a symbol of the medieval world, remnant of a past that many of us want to forget. So, I am just giving my personal opinions on why I hate Burqa as clothing or as a means of a political and religious statement.

As we know, Burqa is an Islamic dressing for women to cover not just their body but entire self. Some Islamic scholars say that even the face and wrists of the women should be covered. So they wear black gloves and a face veil, totally hiding their body, every inch of their hair, every spot or freckle on their cheeks, every piece of their physical identity that distinguishes them from other women or let’s say even animals. There can even be a frigging Orangutan under that black sack, who knows?

The major argument for wearing a hijab comes from this verse from Koran,

‘’ And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their khimār over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. (Quran 24:31)”

There is an argument going on for centuries among the Muslims about what constitutes this garment of modesty. Does it mean just plain clothes like Salwar- Kameez (a common Indian dress) or a scarf to cover hair or a black cloth that covers all of the body? As I said before, there are no perfect answers.

Now, I regularly see many, many women who roam around in burqas in my city and University grounds. I do not despise any of them as person but I despise that black clothing. For me, it is like a Nazi symbol. Someone advocating putting it on his T-Shirt can be easily categorized as a Neo-Nazi.  People who advocate for Burqa have basically two arguments:

  1. Women in the western countries chose that dress. They are free to wear whatever (even Bikini, are you kidding me?). But they chose Burqa (and they are nuts), so who are you to trespass on their freedom?
  2. Burqa protects the women from savoring men who see women only as sex objects. Just look at the figures of Islamic countries on rape and then look at USA (they even rape turkeys’ before they eat them at thanks giving!).

So, this is my reply to the aforementioned points.

  1. If anyone of you have read my first article relating to Free-will, I have clearly mentioned that people are not free to make any choices in the world. Everything is predetermined by the past. Why would a woman want to cover herself in a ridiculous black sack? First, because she was born in an orthodox Muslim family. In that family, she has been programmed from her birth to consider that her private parts are sinful to be seen by a man who is not her husband. Freud clearly demonstrated in his research about sexuality that a kind of ‘’repression’’ starts in children who are told by the society (or family) that doing something is wrong. Children who are being scolded by their parents for thumb-sucking might even start vomiting or get hysterical if a repression for that action is reinforced in their minds during their childhood. This is the case with women who are reinforced to believe that they should always wear Burqa. They are unconsciously programmed to think that then they are whores or are inviting men (I call them cunts!) to rape them if they don’t wear a fucking Burqa.

Lawrence Kohlberg in his study of six developmental levels of Morality showed that the level of understanding of what is moral and immoral is determined by the age (brain development) and knowledge (which would be clearly less if a person is young) of a person. His first three morality stages stand at:

1. Obedience and punishment orientation (How can I avoid punishment?)

2. Self-interest orientation (What’s in it for me?) (Paying for a benefit)

3. Interpersonal accord and conformity (Social norms) (The good boy/good girl attitude)

Just look at the third stage of Morality development- A person would consider anything moral if the society conforms to him/her that it is the right thing to do.

So, in case of women who wear Burqa, they are either still not developed enough in their grey cells or are so much programmed by their parents that they would consider chains rather than freedom for their life.

Friends, remember that Burqa is not a choice. It is forced on them by the dogmatic and Stone Age religion in which they believe. If I keep a gun on your head and ask you to do something, then are you really free to say that whatever you are thus doing is your choice? In Islam, that is the case. I have talked to many Muslim women who say that they are wearing this sack only to get brownie points from Allah.  So Allah judges you on the basis of how you dress and some Assholes were criticizing the French. Ok.

If you don’t wear a Burqa, you are fucked! Straight in the ass by your lovely God. He will put you in fire and he will enjoy your pain for eternity! Anyone will wear whatever because of that threat (including me).

  1. The second argument is that wearing immodest dress (means, no Burqa) is an invitation to rape or it causes many rapes. So we live in a

    Who knows what is under that tent?

    world of idiots who would say that if a woman is not disguising herself through a dress to look like an alien then she is probably inviting some assholes to rape her. But, rape is not only common with women. It happens with males and children too. What should a men dress in order to protect his ass?  What should a child dress? Should he always remain in his Halloween costume? What is Allah’s recommendation for that or does he only care for pussy? It can be easily understood that we need to shift the blame at the right place, where it deserves. To the men, women and animals who would rape a women, men or innocent child- we need to bring better laws, education and sense of responsibility to stop them.

If I am a rich man and if I buy a BMW, a big house and Versace for my clothing, am I inviting the robbers to loot me? Think about that. Many of you would say, NO. No! It’s the government’s responsibility to nab theses robbers and the blame should never be shifted towards me. So, why don’t we ever use the same analogy for women?

Another point that many Muslims say is that there are fewer rapes in Muslim countries. The statistics say it. Here’s a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics

But do you people know that in Islamic countries, a woman needs four witnesses to prove that she had been raped. If she is unable to do that then she is alleged by the sharia state for being guilty of adultery. And do you know what the punishment of adultery is according to Holy Koran, its stoning to death. Hell! No woman will ever go to the police if she didn’t have four pervert (or coward) witnesses who were just watching her getting raped. And what if she was raped by a family member, a huge percentage of rape is done by close members, then what? Who is going to be the witness, the dumb uncle or the blind grandma who doesn’t knows where she had kept her false teeth, in her glass or her bathroom.

Apart from all these reasons, I despise Burqa because it is a symbol of subjugation. It represents a dark, medieval thinking of a bloody patriarchal society. It is a Nazi symbol, it a Ku Klux Klan symbol and it is horrendous and so painful to eyes. We live in a world where we won’t even say ‘hi’ to a guy who doesn’t have his picture on his Facebook profile. Human brain has evolved to seek patterns in things and one of the most important patterns that it recognizes is a human face. We recognize human face in bread crumbs, trees, clouds and even on Mars. We need to see your face to communicate and respect you. If you hide it thinking that all men are werewolves, sorry Muslim girls, we won’t respect a bloody Bigfoot in a tent because your 1400 year old; desert religion says so. Burqa doesn’t make you more modest than our mothers, sisters, daughters and our irritating but wonderful girl-friends in their pink panties. It only makes you lesser than than them.

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About Bobby-Allen

I am a business student, biotechnology graduate, free thinker and rationalist living in my own dream world, floating along with the speck of dirt that we call earth. I love reading books, traveling, movies, music and all the amazing things that this life has granted us. Though only a few among us appreciate their true value. I consider myself a seeker, for truth and salvation. I have looked for the truth in human emotions, feelings, dogma, superstitions and now I have only come closer to the perimeter of truth which just keeps on shifting further and further away. Hope one day I reach my goal, the post where I have tied my dreams.

Discussion

7 thoughts on “Why do I hate Burqa?

  1. Very strong thoughts…thank you for sharing.

    Posted by axepilot | April 21, 2012, 2:52 pm
  2. Great article. I hope muslim girls understand it.

    Posted by Muhammad | April 22, 2012, 12:28 am
  3. well , i am Muslim and to be moreي specific am an Arab Muslim , so i don’t find any اproblem with the Burqa , if my woman wife sister mother dautgher want to wear a Burqa or Niqap or Hijab so where is the problem , there is no forcing in islam حto do something , don’t believe these مpropaganda in the west about that Arab man يforce his woman to wear something , it’s somthing inside The Arab and the islamic mentality , , the woman in the east s not like the woman in the west , in my opinion woman in the west is a sexual object , cause anybody can have fun or sex or relationر with her anybody can sleep with her anybody can look at her body Brothels ,Nightclubs pubs all …… Sexual commercial are everywhere in the media and in the streets in every where iin the westren countires (Europe and America ) , you cant find this things in the Arabian and in the Islamic Communites why cause the woman is more holy here ,
    and in another word
    woman here just simply don’t like to show her body to any one else cause her body is not a Commodity ,Exhibition

    Posted by Samer | April 29, 2012, 1:04 am
    • Hello Samer,
      Thanks for reading the article and commenting. I truly value difference of opinion but i do not agree with you. I have mentioned my points about why I despise Burqa. I see it as anachronistic, remnant of an old culture that is meant to reduce the status of women to the level of a men’s property. If women want to wear it in Arab countries then its okay. None of my business. But in the west, Burqa stands as a barrier between the liberal society and the women. It hinders her assimilation with the larger society and creates an environment of mistrust, fear and ambiguity.

      Secondly, their is nothing holy in a women as there is nothing holy in a men, child or gay. I treat women as they are; person with human rights, freedom and dignity. If they want to have sex with any male, want to work in a pub or nightclub or use their attractive body in a TV commercial, then its their right and freedom to do so. How would I like if some women dictates me about how I should live my life? How would I feel if my rights are taken away by the society in the name of honor and modesty?

      The problem with many conservative men is that they think that they think of sex as a shameful thing. Whereas I think that sex is just a natural impulse like hunger in our bodies. Do we feel ashamed to talk about our tastes in food or do we feel that some other person is immoral because he/she eats a lot? No!

      Also, what if a person wants to showcase his beautiful body? A healthy and sexy body is a great asset that many in the society adore and envy. In the same way some males are physically stronger than others. Society does not restricts a male from wearing a tight T-shirt to showcase his well toned body, so why restrict a women? Society does not taboos a person to be called intelligent or nerd because of his obvious intellectual capacity. Intelligence is a characteristic of brain, a sexy body is the characteristic of a person’s physique. I find them analogous. What’s your say?

      Posted by Bobby-Allen | April 29, 2012, 2:06 am

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