To the Editor:
Re “Under a Scarf, a Turkish Lawyer Fighting to Wear It” (The Saturday Profile, Feb. 9):
While I fully understand the concern of some Turkish women who feel that the ban against wearing the head scarf discriminates against them, the issue is about more than individual rights or personal devotion.
The Koran does not require women’s heads to be covered or veiled, but more important, if these women delved into the erotic and gendered meanings that women’s hair symbolizes, they might come to understand where the real discrimination lies.
There are other ways one can demonstrate one’s religiousness and spiritual commitments.
Providence, R.I., Feb. 12, 2008
The writer, an anthropologist, is the author of a book about gender and cosmology in Turkish village society.
Note from KBJ: What this shows is that even feminists can be cultural imperialists.
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