a friend on facebook linked to this video:
it's a protest against the burqa-ban in france, which i suppose is a good thing. and it's certainly calculated to garner attention, which the women in the video get plenty of.
on the other hand, the women are doing exactly the opposite of what women who choose to wear the burqa want to do. for some women, the burqa is about not being on show, not being available for public consumption as a sex object. i know most people disagree with the burqa as a solution to that particular problem, which is fine, but that's how burqa-wearing women want to deal with it. i'm not sure many of them would support a protest in this particular form.
still, the women seem to have a good grasp of the issues:
"To put a simple burka on would have been too simple. So we asked ourselves: 'how would the authorities react when faced with women wearing a burka and mini-shorts?," asked the students, one of whom is a Muslim.
"We were not looking to attack or degrade the image of Muslim fundamentalists – each to their own – but rather to question politicians who voted for this law that we consider clearly unconstitutional," they said.
"To dictate what we wear appears to have become the role of the State (as if they didn't have other fish to fry ...)."
and i do actually admire the fact that they are willing to oppose the ban so publicly.