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French Court Bans Veil

France’s highest court has upheld a law banning facial veils in public, with supporters claiming it will protect women’s rights while critics say it abridges religious freedom.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE


The French Are the Best Protesters in the World

In protest of France’s controversial face veil ban, two students pulled on niqabs and hot pants and went stomping around Paris.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



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How Rude: France Condemns the Veil

It isn’t an outright ban—yet—but the French parliament agreed unanimously (except for 30 protesters who walked out) to condemn the face veil worn by some Muslim women as “an affront to the nation’s values of dignity and equality.”

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Lollipops, Flies and Veils: A Love Story

When confronted with the uncomfortable task of explaining sexual relations to the uninitiated, it’s often handy to look to the animal kingdom for reassuringly “natural” and helpfully vague metaphorical material. Just take the trusty birds-and-bees dodge, for example—or that old yarn your grammy told your ma about the lollipop and the flies. Wait, what?

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE


Egypt Erupts After Minister Criticizes Veil

Muslim conservatives are calling for the ouster of Egypt’s culture minister after he told an interviewer that the practice of women wearing veils is a regressive act.

Posted on Nov 24, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: Bustiers and Niqabs

Whether they’re donning a slutty Halloween costume or a full-body Islamic veil, many modern women believe they are making their own choices of self-representation—but they’re actually caught in a cultural vise.

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


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