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February 07, 2013



I saw my first niqab just last month, and I didn't like seeing it at all. Right now it's just a curiosity here in Jersey, but in Detroit it's hit critical mass. I started asking if I was turning into that type of person, like I had just joined the KKK, but then I realized the whole Bikini vs Burka crowd gets it wrong. If you wear a niqab, you generally demand that others wear it too. That poor woman asked herself, "What did I do?" It's what she didn't do. She didn't wear a niqab.

Mick H

They're fairly common now round here (Finsbury Park area) and round much of East London. I still don't think we should follow the French and ban them, but this case does nothing to help my liberal sentiments.

Mick H

Yes, the similarities are there, obviously. But there's something particularly chilling about this case, with such a vicious seemingly random (but, as I've suggested, very likely pre-planned) late night attack, on the streets, of a woman who'd done nothing except work and live in a manner deemed unacceptable.


I see the Niqab here in New York occasionally, and I despise it. Sadly no one so adorned has ever directly asked for my attention, for it would be deeply satisfying to ignore them. You want to be invisible? Sure, I can play along: Did I just hear a voice? I suppose that would be cruel of me if the woman (man? how can I tell?) has no choice in wearing the thing, but more often than not, when I see the Niqab here, it seems not so much an expression of religiosity as a pathetic attempt to draw attention.

Thanks for the opportunity to vent.

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