Comment by Unseen on April 6, 2013 at 10:26am

To those of you men who think it's "manly" of you to want to stick your dirty cocks inside her are pathetic, and for those who are balking at her as if you're so high and mighty and think that you are all for "equality" while simultaneously demeaning her are less than men. Seriously. And you call yourselves Atheists? You're acting worse than the mysogynistic bastards that taught her that. I think I'm going to be sick.

Note to men. If you want to joke about this photo, be sure to remember to use your smilies.

Comment by Unseen on April 6, 2013 at 10:29am

"...they wear make up, very tight jeans, high heels, jewelry, and the veils are all coloured and glitz, which defeats the purpose. Those bloody women are sirens..."

Gee, if I had written that, imagine what would have come down on me.

Comment by Unseen on April 6, 2013 at 10:33am

Reactions seem to boil down to: 1) she isn't serious, it's a joke; 2) someone put her up to it by threats or otherwise; 3) someone is forcing her to do it; 4) she's an idiot.

Comment by Hope on April 6, 2013 at 10:40am

I wont blame Amina for what she did! She's still young and not wise enough.
I know that people don't agree with me.. but, I believe that both the veil and nudity are two sides of the same coin because both are tolls to represent women as objects.

But, my heart goes to Amina of course!

Comment by Strega on April 6, 2013 at 11:30am

@Korsan

I will post some thoughts on this once I can reduce the volume of words in my head to something concise.  I do need to clarify something first.  I have a vague niggling memory that tells me that the Qu'ran does not have any instruction in it that requires women to wear the veil or full burka. 

Is that true?

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on April 6, 2013 at 11:44am

I wonder if it would be of any use if we were to ask the female Muslim clergy for their opinion on such matters?

Comment by kOrsan on April 6, 2013 at 11:44am

Strega, some claim it does some claim it doesn't. That's the magic of interpretation.

Comment by Strega on April 6, 2013 at 11:53am

@Korsan  I'm taking it that its not spelled out in the Qu'ran then.  Perhaps modesty is mentioned, or something that could be interpreted as an excuse to cover bareness, but no direct instruction.

Comment by kOrsan on April 6, 2013 at 12:02pm

Strega, the wonders of ambiguity! Oh were would the clergy be without it. They'd probably be looking for real jobs.

Anyway, as far as I can recall, the Quran only tells women to cover themselves from the shoulders down or something, while men have to cover themselves from the knees up to the navel. This is still an instruction, and still intrusive. It doesn't matter what that roll of hardcover toilet paper says, because in the end it's just a tool for the Imams to rule as they wish. I'm pretty sure the Quran doesn't say women can't drive cars, but then again, I might just be interpreting it wrong.

Comment by Unseen on April 6, 2013 at 12:21pm

The quick answer is no: the Quran has no requirement that women cover their faces with a veil, or cover their bodies with the full-body burqua or chador, as in Iran and Afghanistan. But the Quran does address the matter of veiling in such a way that it has been interpreted historically, if not necessarily correctly, by Muslim clerics as applying to women.

The veiling of women was not an Islamic innovation but a Persian and Byzantine-Christian custom that Islam adopted. For most of Islam’s history, the veil in its various forms was seen as a sign of distinction and protection for upper-class women. Since the 19th century, the veil has come to represent a more assertive, self-consciously Islamic expression, sometimes in reaction to Western currents--colonialism, modernism, feminism. (more from the same source)

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