Quote of the day

May 10, 2016

“I didn’t become a feminist in order to wear a strippy-strappy dress and get legless outside a bar shouting ‘F*** me’. I’m not an admirer of that,” she says. “I don’t think today’s problems are much to do with gender. I think we must be very careful not to make our daughters despise men. For example, there is too much comedy around where the men are hopeless and despicable.

“In my life, I’ve encountered very lovely men who see nothing wrong with stacking the dishwasher, doing the laundry, being supportive to me while I work, being as manly as I need them to be around the house and bedroom.” –  Maureen Lipman who celebrates her 72nd birthday today.


French public back citizenship ban for burqa wearer

July 23, 2008

A French court has denied citizenship to a foreign woman because she  wears a burqa and swears total submission to her husband.

The woman, identified only as Fazia M., is a 32-year-old Moroccan who has been living in France since 2000. She speaks French and has had three children, all of whom have acquired French citizenship.

Under the laws prevailing at the time of her citizenship application, a spouse had the right to acquire nationality provided he or she had been married for two years and had a good level of French. However, the authorities could reject the application on the grounds of “lack of integration” into French life.

Fazia M. was rejected on these grounds after she attended several interviews, dressed in the burqa, with the social services and police, which are normal steps in the process.

She and her husband volunteered the information that they were Salafists – members of an ultra-strict Saudi-inspired branch of Islam – and that the husband had asked her to wear the burqa and that she accepted “submission” to him, Le Monde reported.

Fazia M. appealed to the State Council, arguing that she had been denied the right to freedom of religious expression. The court rejected her suit, saying she had “adopted a radical practice of religion that is incompatible with the essential values of the French community, notably on the principle of equality of the sexes”.

“According to her own statements, Faiza M. leads a virtually reclusive life, cut off from French society,” explained Emmanuelle Prada-Bordenave, a government lawyer. “She has no idea about secularism or the right to vote. She lives in total submission to the men of her family.” Read the rest of this entry »


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