The biggest issue with France's notorious 'banning the burkha' legislation is that is a futile and destructive knee jerk political reaction.
The law lacks the fundemental requirement of purposive legislation.
Were it a proclaimation on all face coverings in the name of public protection, it would be safer.
However, the reasons presented are that it prevents women from being oppressed.
What the law-makers fail to appreciate is that the burkha, the hijab and all range of other face coverings actually prevent women from becoming vaccuous, image obsessed stereotypes. The representation of a woman as something other than a sex object.
By this reckoning, I would wear a burkha. Why should I embrace makeup and the right shampoo to placate my fellow human beings? Surely my measure of attractiveness is only of interest to my husband?
While I am not denying the burkha can, and has, been used to repress women, and to retain their servitudinal role in society, banning a headcovering is no more effective than banning parking on double yellows. It will not prevent oppression, which is more rife in social representation of glamour models than muslim communities.
More so, the legislation seems targeted to muslims, and this does not only negate freedom of religious expression, but further ghettoises the muslim community as a whole.