Monday, March 16, 2015

Stand up for Fetish Gear Rights in the Courtroom!


I am all about Equality.

And I have seen the light. I am completely not ashamed of my previous anti-niqab posts.

As someone born and raised in the religion of peace, the one that prescribes such reasonable levels of modesty for only women...I now understand that fighting for equality is the answer.

Niqabs in the court room? Hellz YEAH! My government shouldn't get to dictate what I wear during the few minutes of citizenship oath. So in order to celebrate this epiphany, I have created a totally ludicrous serious ad campaign. Instead of reducing people's rights, we should absolutely be fighting for *more* rights. So let me get on that...and ask for equality for others who may also feel like not having their bodies policed by the evil dictatorial government.

It's so clear to me now. Why did I not see this before? I propose we plaster the city with these. Rights for all, freedom to choose! Cover your face during official procedures all you want...THIS IS NOT ORWELL'S 1984!! WE ARE FREE CITIZENS...and I demand rights for all!

Screw YOU big brother!

Here are my subway posters and billboard ads. Do let me know via the comments section if you approve....if there are enough of us who see the light, we can definitely try to source to funding for this incredibly important and serious ad campaign.








Background photo from brandsbyovo.com

Background photo from brandsbyovo.com




Background photo from www.halrothphotography.ca

The above post is in reference to the Canadian case of Pakistani woman Zunera Ishaq who is refusing to take her niqab off in citizenship court while taking the oath. She is happy to be pre-identified, as would any of the lovely folk in my above ad campaign. More rights for everyone! Let's get some tax dollars towards hiring some professional peekers, who can verify that all these ppl are who they say they are. 

Please feel free to share these images! Just link to my blog or twitter (@nicemangos)  if you are :) Thank you! 

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14 comments:

  1. This is absurd and all the white people defending it without a clue. Your face is the biggest part of your identity. Heck! They don't even allow niqab photos on ID cards anymore.

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    1. Im surprised they ever allowed them? This can't be true...Why have an ID card then?

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  2. It quiet possibly be that the niqab and burka as sexual fetish and never meant as required dressing for women. In my wanderings I have seen women considering the face more important than hiding their bodies. An exposed body is not a sin, but showing ones face is.

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    1. There are a lot of highly respected muslim clerics who agree that this is not a requirement in islam.... but some folks have to go a few steps ahead.. to get extra points... and do above and beyond whats required.

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  3. Wow, never thought someone with a Pak background would think like this. Bravo.

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  4. We need one for the Flying Spaghetti Monster! Colander hats for all!

    LOVE it.

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  5. Very sad. What an enormous amount of effort you have expended to trivialize an important basic premise of liberal democracy. Truly pathetic.

    You continue to ignore the facts. In Canada we are ruled by a secular government but WE ARE NOT A SECULAR SOCIETY. Freedom of religion is enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The citizenship court verifies the identity of these women in private. It's their choice, not yours, unless you can show evidence they were coerced and abused into wearing the niqab. Pointing fingers and hurling accusations is not evidence in our courts. They choose to believe they must hide their faces in public, not you. This is not Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. (Sure, I think it's stupid and probably misogynistic, but that's irrelevant without specific proof.)

    Yes, becoming a Canadian Citizen means agreeing to abide by Canadian law and giving up any ambition to impose any particular religious law on our legal system. Tell that to the Evangelical Christians ferociously lobbying governments to impose their interpretation of Christian beliefs on all of us. They are the ones supporting you now.

    Your poster campaign is right-wing, partisan, hate mongering aimed at a very visible minority. They should say "brought to you by Stephen Harper's Conservative Party." They play into their hate and fear campaign perfectly. You might as well poke a stick in your own eye and in the eyes of moderate Muslims everywhere.

    You wouldn't know a true liberal value if it slapped you in the face. You are a fascist who believes she has a right to dictate her personal dislikes and make them the law of the land. And all the white, Christian, middle-aged haters love you. They hate Muslims, not the niqab. Just read comment boards on any related stories for proof.

    Please stop calling yourself a liberal. I have been one for 60 years and find your positions completely anti-liberal and hate-filled. You cannot lay claim to the concept that it is acceptable to be intolerant of intolerance. You need to use a mirror to make that work. Your whole premise is based on being intolerant of tolerance. I have yet to see any harm result from wearing a niqab anywhere in Canada and especially not in citizenship court. What happens in Saudi Arabia is irrelavant.

    So now, i suppose, I will be accused of accommodating terrorists via Political Correctness. That's a favourite tactic of right-wing bigots. Go for it. That is, if you have the jam to actually post this to your site. It seems you only pay lip service to open debate while censoring my three previous posts.... Please point out where I am wrong.

    Thank you.
    Peter Guenther

    (PS: I am using the anonimous login because my wordpress ID doesn't work here for some reason -
    https://peterguenther01.wordpress.com/)

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  6. Ok. Sorry for calling you a fascist. Mia cullpa..I let my rant get a bit carried away... and I often comment under my name ... I was offended by your classification of pampered white Western liberals blah blah blah... True, I'm one BUT I want all Canadians to feel the same sense of security I feel. regardless of race, creed, colour or the cloths they wear. One thing I don't want to see in citizenship court is people who bring their prejudices with them. We don't have vigilante mobs that beat and burn people for any reason. I want to keep it that way. PG

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    1. Anonymous above, who are you to define then who is liberal and who is not? Have we all gone mad over political correctness that we can't even have reason anymore. There are plenty of liberals who are atheist

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    2. or non religious who do not want religious sharia laws invading our secular laws that are very basic and not difficult to follow. It is also everyone's protection that a photo is on an ID! This has to do with all people's protection over one's illogical and very specific sharia induced (and what country?) law. There is a big difference between predjudice and common sense rights/for the majority and not just for misogynistic religious few. As well, there is a big difference between basic multiculturalist democratic values and going far beyond this and accepting
      ridiculous and wrongheaded cultural relativism.

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  7. You would do justice to your blog if you just stuck to writing about sexuality and related issues. Clearly talking about religion and religious symbols is not your forte. Just because someone is born to parents who are medical doctors and practically grew up in hospitals surrounded by doctors does not make them an authority in medicine, similarly being born into a Muslim family and living in Saudi Arabia does not make you an authority on religious matters. In both cases you might have an observation and opinion on the actions being done but definitely a lack of understanding of the subject matter itself.
    I feel sorry for the people who will try to understand the issue of Niqab through your blog. Over and over again in all of your posts the Niqaab is being referred to as a symbol of oppression, probably because the in the country you grew up in, it was used to oppress women. But how a certain symbol is used by a certain regime does not necessarily reflect it's true meaning or purpose.

    Just the other day I saw a fully burqa clad, niqaabi woman of African origin at a Starbucks at Times Square NY, sitting along enjoying her frappacino and working on her MacBook. It made me happy to see her being able to enjoy the same things that the rest of Americans were enjoying. Then I started noticing disapproving glances by women, whispering to each other and looking in her direction. Also heard words like 'deprived', 'oppressed', 'uneducated' etc. How sad that by continuously using the word oppression with niqaab, we continue to reinforce the belief that all women who choose to wear it are oppressed.

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    1. Yes yes you are so right.... clearly this is not my forte and something I understand nothing about, which probably explains why I am contacted by many people/publications for my opinion on it. Probably also explain why over a million people have read my work on religion in the past few months, and why its been quoted in high profile books. But yes, I will definitely take advice from you, oh anonymous commenter.

      "Over and over again in all of your posts the Niqaab is being referred to as a symbol of oppression" - some new level of denial here eh? Even the worst apologists won't deny that the sole purpose of the niqab is to objectify (and hence oppress) a woman. I think you might have some trouble understanding complex issues yourself perhaps.. if you think the niqab is some empowerment tool. How sad for women that there are people like you who exist in this world... to fight for the continued perpetuation of female subjugation.

      You seem to be thrilled that a burqa clad woman possessed a laptop and had the permission to be in a starbucks.. wow. Sorry but I'm not that impressed...women deserve more than that...and they will get it ... with no thanks to people like you.

      Please do tell how she was enjoying her frappacino through her niqab? Since you brought her up in defense of niqabs.... or did she not have one? And thus was able to have a beverage like a human being. ....

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    2. Also, FYI it might be difficult to grasp but helpful to understand. So i'll try to keep it simple... sexuality and religion are very intertwined with one another. Especially when religion is used to suppress female sexuality and objectify women... as in the case of niqabs. Protip: don't give advice unless you know what you're talking about.

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