Latest Slut demo. Jakarta. The biggest Muslim country in the world. Not the country where you expect to see slogans like: “Don’t Tell Us How to Dress, But Tell Them Not to Rape” and “My Mini Skirt, My Right, Foke You”. About 50 women against strict clothing rules and the right to parade around in mini skirts to show off bare legs. This protest wasn’t a reaction to the Canadian cop, but to Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo’s recent statement blaming women’s clothing for sparking sexual assault. Bowo has apologized but the Alliance of Women Rejecting Rape wanted to take a stance. We have seen several Slutwalks around New Zealand, but almost as much protests promoting the burqa. Two extremes. Which do you support?
Everyone has had time to make up their mind about the Muslim veils. The burqa is ugly, dangerous fundamentalist wear and degrading. Or nice and warm, a great new fashion trend, did we say warm? It is always good to hear a voice out of the Muslim community itself. We introduce to you Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. Smart guy currently visiting New Zealand with a message about anti-extremism and tolerance. How nice. He has had some good things to say in the past. He issued a fatwa against terrorism and suicide bombing. What does the Doctor, and professor of Islamic law, have to say in the current burqa debate? “For women living here, it’s not a Koranic obligation. They should follow the law of the land” Tahir-ul-Qadri told the Sunday Star-Times. Is it really always a free choice of the women involved? Regina Rasheed said it was a personal choice and it should be respected. Tahir-ul-Qadri stated that face-veils were used in the Muslim world where women were harassed and felt uneasy. “Women [in New Zealand] do not feel uneasy.” It appears this debate has surfaced because the New Zealand community is starting to feel uneasy. Does that count for anything? It will be a long time before the end of the discussion, but in the meantime we have a trendy modern Burqa hair pin. A way of tackeling all the problems. On the front a modern women (whore), and on the back a Muslim sister (suppressed victim). Problem solved. Now get on the bus and drive.