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My understanding is that a woman in a head scarf is much more likely to be asserting her own personal religious identity, like a Christian woman wearing a cross on a necklace. I watched a seminar from Trinity Wall Street with a participant who is a feminist Muslim scholar, and had lawyer colleagues who only stopped wearing a head scarf when they faced persistent job discrimination from it.
I do have a negative reaction when I see a woman in full burkha walking with a man wearing ordinary "western" dress. It makes me angry, and I do think she is being oppressed. (It is different when both a man and a woman wear distinctive religious dress, like Hasidic Jews.)
But I have the same reaction when I hear the Pope reaffirming strictures against birth control, which I think deprives women of their moral choice, or when I go to a fundamentalist Christian wedding and hear a sermon on "wives being subservient to husbands." I fear the power of oppression and reaction. But I am trying to get over fearing Islam as such because of that, because I think fear of Islam is being whipped up for an agenda that is part of what I fear.
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