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ANU keeps Burka Ban chatter rolling on

By johnboy - 13 July 2009 89

Following on from Virginia Hausegger’s shrill demands that all women be forced to conform to her ideas on what is and isn’t “Australian” the ANU is holding a debate on Wednesday and Virginia is going to expand on her ideas.

From the blurb:

    SHOULD WE BAN THE BURKA?

    Virginia Haussegger, journalist, author, media commentator and TV news presenter
    Julie Posetti, journalist and journalism academic, University of Canberra
    Dr Shakira Hussein, writer and researcher at The Australian National University

    Wednesday 15 July, 12:30-2pm
    HC Coombs Lecture Theatre
    Building 8a, Fellows Rd, ANU

    This lecture is free and open to the public. Please register attendance with ANU Events.
    Enquiries:
    E: Events@anu.edu.au
    T: 02 6125 4144

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ANU keeps Burka Ban chatter rolling on
bellaa 1:08 pm 13 Jul 09

sepi said :

Virginia’s point is about Equality of women isn’t it? Not about being Australian and fitting in.

Yes, I think that is her point – but shouldn’t true equality mean “the freedom to choose”. I think a lot of Muslim women choose to wear the burqa. They feel it is empowering to wear their religion on their sleeve (pardon the pun!). I honestly don’t think anyone could say wearing the burqa in Australian society is “easy”. I think it would take a lot of courage to walk outside and have everyone stare and point (which we all know happens).
But then again, the idea that a woman is forced to wear the burqa is abhorrent….. so that is where the issue lies, we want women to be able to choose to wear what they want… and how can we tell the difference between the two??
We can’t.

johnboy 12:58 pm 13 Jul 09

sepi said :

Virginia’s point is about Equality of women isn’t it? Not about being Australian and fitting in.

From Virginia’s original text:

    The burka is an arrogant display of disrespect to Australia and the Australian way of life.

sepi 12:50 pm 13 Jul 09

Virginia’s point is about Equality of women isn’t it? Not about being Australian and fitting in.

DawnDrifter 12:34 pm 13 Jul 09

Skidbladnir said :

You can only show up in a burqa only if its made from an Australian flag.

GOLD lol!

Skidbladnir 12:33 pm 13 Jul 09

You can only show up in a burqa only if its made from an Australian flag.

barking toad 12:31 pm 13 Jul 09

I should have perhaps added that Virginia is one of the most annoying cloth-eared ABC bints imaginable but, for once, I agree with her.

barking toad 12:29 pm 13 Jul 09

Thank you Jimmy. I’ll now collect my thoughts and comment later with the clear knowledge that I won’t offend anyone with a mis-spelling. I’ll adopt the “burka” version.

DawnDrifter 12:28 pm 13 Jul 09

Wonder if ppl will turn up clad in green and gold face paint draped in aussie flag yelling not on my island – will prob be more civil then that lol

Jim Jones 12:24 pm 13 Jul 09

barking toad said :

Is it “burka” or “burqa”?

It is important I that I know this.

There is no consensus on the form of transliteration from the Arabic. Burka, burkha, burqa and burqua are all considered correct.

Eyeball In A Quart J 12:21 pm 13 Jul 09

I fully endorse banning the banning of things…….

Panhead 12:17 pm 13 Jul 09

Ban it!

barking toad 11:40 am 13 Jul 09

Is it “burka” or “burqa”?

It is important I that I know this.

Skidbladnir 10:51 am 13 Jul 09

Julie Posetti says its a debate.
http://twitter.com/julie_posetti/status/2431659497

grundy 10:44 am 13 Jul 09

ANU says lecture, JB says debate, you choose I guess! 🙂

DarkLadyWolfMother 10:30 am 13 Jul 09

So, is it a lecture or a debate?

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