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Who the hell made Virginia Hausegger god?

By johnboy - 30 June 2009 156

Apparently in Saturday’s Canberra Times the ABC newsreader Virginia Hausegger held forth on how she felt muslim women choosing to wear the burqa were in such breach of the basic tenets of our society that there “orta be a law agin it”.

This has sparked furious agreement by the letter writers of the Canberra Times.

I know that ABC newsreaders are made to feel important, but since when were they given the power to adjudicate what is acceptable clothing?

As a sensible man I like to stay as far away as possible from what women choose to wear. And amongst the sisterhood Virginia is free to argue that choosing to wear the burqa is counter-productive to woman-kind.

But once we start legislating clothing choices because they fly in the face of some perceived quality of Holy Orstralianess where are we going to stop?

What else will we ban on Virginia’s whim?

UPDATE: The original article can be found on Virginia’s blogspot.

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Who the hell made Virginia Hausegger god?
deezagood 10:16 am 30 Jun 09

Virginia is allowed to have an opinion. Virginia is allowed to publically state that opinion. Virginia is allowed to try and convince others to agree with her opinion. Virginia is allowed to call for bans on things if she wants to….. because the last time I checked, we live in a free country. You are entitled to disagree with Virginia, but that doesn’t stop her from being allowed to express her own opinion. I think labling Virginia a ‘stupid feminist’ is really stupid too.

I also think the ‘single muslim.com’ advert on this page is amusing media placement.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:13 am 30 Jun 09

FC said :

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Another example of stupid feminists working against genuine progress towards equality, acceptance and real choice.

Or one persons opinion. Don’t let you stop you jumping on the bandwagon though.

Seems fairly consistent with other feminists I know and/or have read/heard. “If you choose to behave in a traditional role you are hamstringing the cause of women everywhere”.

FC 10:03 am 30 Jun 09

Interesting posts Spectra and Ant.

johnboy 10:02 am 30 Jun 09

Spectra, I’d argue that having been horrified by an authoritarian society the worst possible response is to make our own more authoritarian.

As for the poor petals “culturally confronted”? Well seriously, harden up.

Or even thank these people for reminding you that different people think and do different things and wouldn’t it be a miserable world where we all fell into the same drab conformity.

grundy 9:58 am 30 Jun 09

Can we ban Spectra?

ant 9:58 am 30 Jun 09

Hausegger is an author of some note, she has published several sociologically-focussed books. She also happens to read the news on the ABC. I guess she’s entitled to write articles commenting on social issues.

Her point in the article under “discussion” (well, at some point we’ll discuss the article, rather than leaping up and down screeching and flinging poo), was the confronting nature of seeing a figure walking along (behind the husband and kids) in a full burqua, in the Canberra Centre.

The figure she was shocked by was wearing the covering that hides the eyes behind mesh. She made the points that it is dehumanising to the woman, and is confronting and offensive to many in our culture. How do you talk to someone in such a costume… what or who is in there?

I’ve felt the same reaction when seeing this. Hausegger also felt the husband’s expression showed animosity towards her… plainly she felt affronted at the whole interaction, brief as it was.

As for banning this clothing, I’m with Sarkozy in feeling it’s inappropriate to go that far, but we should at least be able to speak out about it.

It is culturally confronting.

Spectra 9:56 am 30 Jun 09

In Virginia’s defence, she’s actually visited Afghanistan and seen first hand the kind of repression of females that goes on there. If it’s her opinion that the burqa is a key tool of that repression (which I’d imagine is the crux of her argument), well she’s probably in a better position to judge that than most of us. I really doubt that the issue for her was “women choosing to wear the burqa”, but then I haven’t seen the article.
I’m not saying she’s right (that’s a whole separate argument), I’m just suggesting that an ad hominem argument, as you so often preach against on this site, JB, should maybe not be the first line of attack here…

Skidbladnir 9:55 am 30 Jun 09

Nothing quite like having a media personality say “Use the power of law to compel these women to interpret their identity\traditions\culture\religion in a way I find acceptable! Expressing her identity\traditions\culture\religion through a non-mainstream clothing choice is offensive!” to show how open minded our feminists really are.

FC 9:53 am 30 Jun 09

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

She should clearly ban anyone (including women) from telling other women what they can, and cannot wear.

I wish I could say “I thought we’d go past this.”.

Good point. people should be able to wear what they want.
Even if it was interlinked with problems of opression etc (not that I am saying it either is or isn’t) but banning the clothing wouldn’t be solving the problem anyway.

FC 9:50 am 30 Jun 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Another example of stupid feminists working against genuine progress towards equality, acceptance and real choice.

Or one persons opinion. Don’t let you stop you jumping on the bandwagon though.

AG Canberra 9:50 am 30 Jun 09

stuff, not staff…

AG Canberra 9:49 am 30 Jun 09

Virginia likes to call for bans on stuff – burquas, summernats, drunk footballers – it’s all pretty amusing reading really.

She doesn’t seem to suppport much staff – must be a glass half empty person….

DarkLadyWolfMother 9:41 am 30 Jun 09

She should clearly ban anyone (including women) from telling other women what they can, and cannot wear.

I wish I could say “I thought we’d go past this.”.

grundy 9:37 am 30 Jun 09

Can we ban the name Virginia?
It always makes me cringe that name…

Actually, lets ban German sounding surnames too!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:36 am 30 Jun 09

Another example of stupid feminists working against genuine progress towards equality, acceptance and real choice.

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