How Do You Acknowledge a Woman You Can’t See?
The burqa is a sensory deprivation isolation
chamber, a movable prison, one that presents a security risk-but one that also
presents an even greater health and psychological risk to the wearer. One
cannot breathe. One cannot eat easily in public unless one dines in a
women-only section of a restaurant. One has no peripheral vision, one stumbles
and trips; one sweats, and some wearers have claustrophobic attacks .In my view, niqab and burqas not only symbolize the subordination of women-they
actually carry out that subordination in full view. The fact that I can do
nothing about it terrifies and intimidates me. It is meant to do so.