I don’t think this kind of a strong-arm approach is helpful but I absolutely hate head coverings. The argument; the justification and apology, for them is that they’re “an expression of modesty”. That doesn’t mean that there still isn’t a sexist double standard for the expression of modesty in Islamic culture. A thick beard is anything but modest. Men are free to display their immodest bravado while women are told that being themselves is a sin. And as a side note, head coverings and modesty based shaming still exists is western religious cultures. Fundamentalist Mormon and Amish communities also incorporate head coverings into their norms.
I have empathy for an individual that didn’t choose to be born into a certain culture and set of ideological values. I don’t judge a woman who understandably feels beholden to the values of the culture that she was born into. You need to respect a human being’s life situation and the pressure one feels when being situated on the underside of a social bubble like that. Strong arming a marginalized demographic into conforming to “western progressive values” doesn’t help. When you try to shout people down they just double down on their beliefs.
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