Speaking of the headscarf, a Muslim teacher in England has been suspended for wearing the veil — and social conservatives like Minister for Local Government and Community Cohesion Phil Woolas are arguing that she should be fired.
And their reasoning just keeps getting more ridiculous:
Woolas said Azmi’s stance amounted to sex discrimination:
“By insisting that she will wear the veil if men are there, she’s saying; ‘I’ll work with women, not men’. That’s sexual discrimination. No headteacher could agree to that.”
Riiiight… except that she will work with men. She’ll just dress in a particular way if there are men around. She isn’t asking anyone else to change their behavior. She isn’t asking for special accomodations. She’s simply making herself comfortable given her situation.
The problem isn’t the woman, or the veil. It’s the people who see a veiled woman and make certain assumptions: Unworthy of public participation. Uneducated. Silenced. Lacking authority. Extremist. And those assumptions become highly problematic when they leak into public policy, and result in veiled women having decreased access to the public sphere.
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