Muslim Housewife Disguised as Emperor Palpatine from “Star Wars” Argues Against France’s Burqa Ban
In the above debate, Empress Palpatine argues that ordinary women, not enthusiasts of dark robes, are oppressed because they are judged by their bodies and thus objectified. Of course, everyone, not just in contemporary society but throughout human history, is judged to some extent by their appearance (a practice that is not totally irrational, as studies show that us smart people tend be healthier than all you dumb slobs). It is not a problem that people are judged by their appearance, but of course it is a problem if their appearance is the only trait they are judged by. Having said that, you can pretty much tell that Michele Bachmann is mentally deranged just by looking at her.
It would seem to me that Eliot Spitzer’s argument against the ban, from a legal perspective, is sound. Whenever a societal ill befalls us, it is always tempting to take the easy route and simply ban what we don’t like. This approach is both lazy and, in the long term, ineffective. Such bans, like prohibition, typically breed resentment of the law and the banned practice usually occurs anyway, thus turning relatively harmless citizens into criminals. It is difficult to argue that burqa wearers are trespassing on anyone else’s rights…even if they do go around looking like they got tangled up in Marilyn Manson’s curtains.
What perhaps needs to occur, instead of a ban, is a cultural backlash against the blatant anti-feminism that burqas symbolize. I suggest, whenever coming across a burqa wearer, loudly and creepily exclaiming “Whoa, whoa, lookin’ good there sugar tits!” If burqas are supposed to protect women from being judged on their looks, I say we judge them on their looks anyway. The more disgustingly inappropriate the remark, the better. Take that, Empress Palpatine.
P.S. Wouldn’t it have been great if Ashley Dupre was under that burqa and at the end of the segment she just rips it off and Eliot Spitzer is all like, “Oh shit man, it’s that hooker!”