The burka - it's the woman's choice - like any other dress code
On Q&A on Monday, muslim woman Susan Carland was asked her view on women covering their face. Her response reflected a mature, balanced view.
" in the end I think a person or a woman should be able to choose how much of her body she shows to other people and if she wants to cover her face and she feels comfortable with that and the laws of our society say that she can, then get over it. You know, I might not feel comfortable looking at people with a face covered in tattoos and a Mohawk but that’s their prerogative. If they want to dress like that, then that’s my issue if I can’t deal with it.
So, Carland is saying that it's the responsibility of the person viewing the individual.
I don't like tattoos, but that's my problem
Like Susan Carland, I'm not a big fan of tattoos, and like her, I agree that is my issue. I have nothing against Collingwood footballer Dayne Beams, or Miss Bombshell, with all of their ink. Yes, of course it projects an image - and they are entitled to project that image, and dress their bodies in that way.
Who cares what Kate Ellis wears? Other women apparently
|Kate Ellis in Grazia|
Today's Sunday Life carried a follow up article on the controversy. Women had written in with comments such as "the wearing of super-high stiletto heels represents women as vain, attention-seeking, foolish and potential victims".
Really?? Kate Ellis responds in the article that she wears similar clothes to the office as she wore in the Sunday Life shoot. So, because she is tall and attractive, women are imposing their own biases. Again, it's their problem, not hers.
How many times do we need to say it - no woman is a "victim" because of what they wear. Praise be the Slut Walks
|Boston Slut Walk, May 2011|
The more times we read comments that accuse women of being victims because of what they wear, the more respect we should all have for the Slut Walks. I've blogged about the issues of dress codes and the Slut Walks before, but the message isn't getting through.
When strong, intelligent women such as Kate Ellis are criticised for dressing as she does, women certainly need a strong voice to stand up for their rights. Slut Walks are continuing around the world - in cities as diverse as Boston, Seoul and Delhi, and long may they continue.
People will judge you based on what you wear, but that's their problem. Be who you want to be.
Let me know what you think