Originally Posted by PatsSB42
Do you really think I’m the only one that appreciates my sarcasm?
But I do appreciate your backing down at least somewhat - and your story about your mom which was touching.
I know it's hard for some people to believe but women aren't ever going to be truly "free" until all women get to do whatever it is they want to do - without interference. And, hard as it may be for some to understand, there are women who are most comfortable in a burka - or a hijaab. There are Orthodox Jewish women who won't leave the house with their hair exposed - or their knees and elbows, either. Amish women and many of their female Mennonite cousins don't leave the house without a prayer cap and an apron on. Would you deny them their right to dress as they see fit? Would you scorn them (or their men) for being "held down" or for holding them down?
You're only held down if you don't want to be there - and someone forcing you to give up something your religion and/or your conscience dictates makes them the ones doing the holding.
Why degrade a whole religion over a few dolls? They're not hurting you - they're not hurting your daughter or your wife or your mother. The fact that you felt free to insinuate that all Muslim women are sexually mutilated is degrading - but only to yourself for having said so.
Check out "Barbies of the World" someday - there is a rainbow worth of dress there - all of it foreign for the most part - and many could be considered degrading, I suppose - but how can a woman feel degraded when she feels, inside herself, beautiful and at peace?
By all means, help the women who want out of their burkas, or the ones who want their feet unbound, or the ones sold into slavery across the borders of Latvia, but don't "help" the ones who are happy and peaceful being the women they want to be - regardless of whether you believe they are or not.
Think of your mom, instead. She wanted to be what she was and she was miserable when some perfect stranger in the guise of a doctor told her she needed to be something else.
Personally, I want to be MrPFnVs little sex slave complete with 6 inch heels and white fluffy apron waiting for him at the door with a very dry 3-olive martini in one hand and his remote and newspaper in the other - is that so wrong????
Unfortunately he makes me work in a doctor's office instead.
Coz I'm liberated.