Blog 1

The overall opinion for the debate between each parties was very opinionated from both sides. In my opinion they did not reach the real issues on this topic. The fact of the matter is that no matter what part of the world your from or live in people will consider it taboo when they see a difference in their culture or way of life. For example if a girl in Africa shaves her head because she turns eighteen because of her tribes traditions. Lets just say another girl from the same tribes comes to new york to live and turns eighteen a month later. She proceeds to shave her head because of her tribes traditions that she has grown accustom to. As an american society people will perceive that as taboo and might resent it or even try to prevent it from ever happening again. So thanks for the 1st amendment everyone has a right to express their religion in their own way.

In the video Face Veil Ban, it is argued if a state can tell people what to wear and what not to wear. According to Mr. Tariq the state should have absolutely no say in what one is to wear. He believes as well as i, that one has full control and should have the choice of how they want to dress. He commented that many women who wear the niqab and converted to Islam make their own choice to wear it. In my opinion I don’t think anyone should have any say in what a person chooses to wear. I think more like if a person is wearing something and someone else disagrees with the motives or why it is being worn it is none of their business. If a person chooses to cover her whole body and only show her eyes thats her choice and it should be respected just as if a girl decides to walk out in short shorts and a tank top she shouldn’t be labeled based on what she is wearing nor should anyone have a say. A state should definitely not get involved. Mr Haris said that a significant percent of the woman are forced to wear things. I completely disagree with this statement. No one should have a say on how someone dresses. In the end people will wear what they want and me as i woman wear what i wear because i want to not because i am forced to. I think his statement is false and needs to be more though out.

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2 Responses to “Blog 1”

  1. Robert Klein says:

    I absolutely agree with this post. I also believe it is morally wrong to tell people what to wear. God did not make us with clothes on, we are born nude. Clothing is an accessory and luxury, i guess, that has been given to us through earth. Being born nude, to me, says that god wants you to value your body and not any layers on top of your skin.

  2. Prof. Hala says:

    Great post, Cynthia. You present persuasive arguments, and use excellent analogies to convey your points. Well done.

    As you compellingly argue, what’s ‘normal’ and ‘deviant’ (stigmatized, or considered ‘taboo,’ as you put it) — in dress, as well as other modes of expression, public and private behaviors, etc. — varies by culture. Different places have different customs, and customs change over time in the same place (e.g., American ways of dressing have changed drastically over US history, generally moving towards showing more skin). And the state plays a significant role in setting standards, even enforcing them through the law. Although we might consider nudity ‘natural,’ as Robert put it, in the US public nudity is against the law (except in some designated places). NO state in the world allows absolute freedom of expression. And Ramadan isn’t exactly arguing that ‘the state should have absolutely no say in what one is to wear.’ He’s arguing specifically for freedom of *religious* expression.