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Veils and Guns: Donald Trump and the Ayatollahs might hate each other but they have one thing in com

Did it ever cross your mind that veils and guns have something in common? Of course they do: both are used for self-defense. The Islamic hijab is said to repel men, to make women feel more secure, and to enable them to walk around safely in the city. Whenever sexual attacks against women are carried out – like last New Year’s Eve in Cologne – you won’t have to wait long until a conservative Islamic cleric solemnly announces that women should simply keep men at a distance by improving their covering. Guns have the same purpose of self-defense and the rhetoric with which they are promoted in America is similar to that of veiling in Muslim countries. Most spectacularly, this was done by Donald

Joan Wallach Scott misinterprets the French burkini ban

Joan Wallach Scott, a social scientist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, sees France’s approbation of revealing swimwear, as well as the current burkini bans, as products of ideas going back to the French Revolution of 1789. I believe that Scott misses the point. Women in France can cover as much as they want because France is a free country. They can also cover while being on the beach. The problem is that religion has entered the game while at the time of the French Revolution “covering and religion” was no issue. The problem today is not the covering but the reasons why those women cover, and that women can make those reasons explicit through a particular choice of symbols

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