There has been much hoo-haa today about the issue of burkas and veils and the human/religious rights versus security and female oppression aspects.
Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne MP (Lib Dem) opened the issue up. Sarah Wollaston MP (Conservative) who now seems to be the new feminist flag waver for the Conservatives chipped in with: "Feminists should be allowed to say that they find the niqab deeply offensive without being accused of being bigoted or islamophobic."
What is striking of course is the lack of debate on male circumcision when the issue and principles are the same. This is a breach of children's human rights as they have no say in it and also is a sign of male oppression if they have no choice.
Why are there no politicians speaking out about how men/boys are oppressed with having bits of them cut off for religious reasons?
Is it because they are scared of the Jewish/Muslim lobby, is it because it affects men so no one is bothered and they are not worthy of human rights.
If people state that veils/burkas are a sign of female oppression and have no place in the UK in 2013, then the same arguments apply to circumcision. Why don't Clegg, Browne and Wollaston talk about that?
Posted by Skimmington
Update (17 Sep 2013): An article from Ally Fogg on circumcision and chief Lib Dem man-hater (my words not his) Featherstone!