Burqa (France) and Skirts (Badminton) on or off ? …. the fun of telling women what to wear! (and what not to)

So apparently, France wants Muslim women living in France to respect the high fashion streets of Paris (or what the educated call “pair-eeee”) and let go of the Burqua when walking on their aesthetically coiffured rue..s.  The reasons and the laws remain unclear as does the ability of the French Government to enforce its efforts of superficially secularism …even as women who follow Muslim faith have expressed reasons for wearing the Veil as personal rather than public. Their history of migration and colonization,  their in group identity, their community support…and the fact that many women do not wear it….which would mean that their community,  considered to be rigid and fundamentalist is not enforcing it…unlike the democratic, liberal, Western, multi-cultural France!

The reasons for niqab or hijab or whatever else…might be a bit much for the thrice married, President of France -The Street Fighter type Nicholas Sarchozy,  and his hot mate,  the twice married, heiress by default,  Carla Bruni. The libertine existence of West and western values, might find it taxing and tiresome…the ideologies that encourage covering rather than shedding, we suppose! Oh Well!  wonder what the “French (and German) laws of insult” that propagates civility say about this intentional injury to the “offensive” burqa and the “honor” of women wearing them.

Following similar value orientation are the folks at …”The Badminton World Federation (BWF), who in a bid to raise the profile of women and the sport, decided to make the skirt-rule compulsory for all female players from June 1. ” and hey you can still wear shorts but underneath a skirt. …Tchhhh! Tccch! So in the middle of a game, we will have an umpire double check if the out is in! Sheeeeee

Pakistan is obviously up in arms, as are organizations in China, and Quebec..so not all and not only Muslim countries or women find this a little challenging.  Let’s see… women  have got game and on the badminton field sometimes look like they will thrash that shuttle in your face if you get too close…certainly not a glamorous look… just really cool. But you need to be cool to know that… .The aging fuddu daddy’s of the BWF …seriously..look at their pics http://www.bwfbadminton.org/page.aspx?id=14873…this is easily born in 1940’s generation if not 1920s……..! oh is this ageism offensive?  awww too bad han! all ism’s ultimately are offensive…because it implies my principles win over yours! hain you can object to me not looking “demure” and I cant say you look “drab and dreary”…hain why bhai?

The message….well we like women who are smart and confident and ..all that…but we need the demure and sexy even more…to make our sports look glamorous, get more advertising money…we need to make streets of Paris look more cosmopolitan and less Islamic…

Well we can guess being married to ” I am bored by  monogamy- Carla” makes Sarchozy uncomfortable with the idea of women not likely to pose for penthouse.  Reminds us of  Tracy and Clinton on TLC  telling you plaid skirt and button down blouse…no T-Shirt! ..etc etc… but their show is optional if you …only if you are depressed and have rude friends who tell the world you dress poorly….and then they give you 5000 dollars…On the other hand, these Badminton Bogeys and Sarchozy Come Latelys have way more power..and lack of style!

Whether women wear skirts, or shorts, or saris or salwars or naqabs …why in the world do Governments and Religious leaders care? ” Wear this and dont wear that – represent Islam, represent Paris, Represent Badminton….Get off my back yeah….heheheh hmmm?

Care about protecting women on the streets and in their homes and in sporting arenas…from violation of personal space figurative and literal….but for that you would need to man up not dictate womanhood!





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