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PVV’s creativeness never ends, especially on headscarves..

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Sometimes the debates on headscarves and the way PVV proposes to deal with reminds me of Turkey..
Look at those sentences from a news article:
“PVV senate campaign leader Machiel de Graaf came under fire for the party‚Äôs proposal to ban headscarves in provincial council buildings and the suggestion this could be extended to public transport.
One member of the audience asked De Graaf how this would apply to his 88-year-old grandmother who always wore a headscarf.”

Exactly the same debates, with the same questions have been on the agenda of Turkey for 20-30 years.. The Dutch seems to follow the Turkish example.

Now, I want to enhance their discussion with some questions already asked in Turkey..

Okay, you wanna ban the headscarf.. But how? How are you gonna distinguish between the headscarf of a religious muslim or an ordinary grandmother? What if a headscarved woman prefers to cover her head with a bandanna, or a hat, instead of headscarf, are you gonna allow her, or ban the bandanna? If a non-muslim covers her, or even his, head for any reason are you gonna ban them from entering the provincial buildings and public transport? What about the nuns? Are you gonna make a survey on those “headscarved” and categorize them according to their clothing motivations? Is the scarf of the “girl with a pearl earring” acceptable?

And what about men? Are you gonna ban something for them? Maybe long dresses of some Moroccan men? You know what, banning beards could be a wise idea.. It was tried and worked well in Turkey. It still works.. You can make a legislation on clothing. Then, define and describe all the acceptable forms of clothing and appearance in detail, and force people to fit in..

After public transportation, you may want to ban them from the public sphere, the “space”, which is at the center of debates in Turkey. What is the public sphere? Can you tell me where exactly is this sphere? Can you show me its boundaries? If I get into an elevator, should I take off my scarf? What about the streets? Or the balcony of my house? Can I wear it there?

Have you already asked the women wearing scarves about their opinions? Or do you think they are far too repressed by their men and cannot answer your questions?

Just try!