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The hijab or the bikini: the shaping of young girls’ sexuality

In culture, gender, society, sociology on May 17, 2012 at 11:05

 

The hijab or the bikini: the shaping of young girls’ sexuality – Rahila Gupta – opendemocracy.net

Dr Anat Scolnicov, a law academic, demonstrates that ‘parents have a presumptive right to determine their offspring’s religious identity’ by analysing legal approaches to adoption, an extreme case scenario when the child loses its connection with the birth family, and yet attempts are made to retain its original religious identity. In Britain, social workers are obliged to take into account ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious factors. Scolnicov argues that ‘Protection of religious identity is rarely protection of the exercise of individual choice.’  It is about protection of group rights over individual rights. In some rare cases such as the children of the Australian aboriginal community or Native Americans, who have been decimated by genocide, the community might cease to exist if their children were consistently adopted by outsiders. But these are ethnic and cultural questions rather than religious ones. However, the argument that the community will be decimated is used by some Muslims in support of their right to veil their children. A Muslim mother fears that, “Our enemies understand only too well that our children represent the future of Islam in the West, a future they wish to extinguish. So it’s not surprising, that in this war on Islam our enemies attack our children and their right to Islam”.

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