by Huda Jawad
"What is it about French secularism’s blindspot to its own racism and misogyny? The obsession to the point of fetishism with Muslim women’s mode of dress and covering curtails the most basic of human rights – that of self-determination and freedom of expression. As Arundhati Roy so eloquently put it, coercing a woman out of the burqa instead of enabling her to choose is an act of violence, humiliation and cultural imperialism. Instead of extending the hand of fraternité, Lisnard and his supporters are excluding Muslims, if not pushing them into the arms of radicalisers.
Such policies and acts of discrimination are examples of how Islamophobia is more likely to manifests itself in a gendered way which targets and affects women uniquely, adding to their misogynistic oppression and religious victimisation."
There is nothing liberating about forcing women to wear less clothing.