no it doesn't stop being ignorant.
Have you read the scriptures (Hadith mostly, extra-Quranic, much like the Talmud in the Tanakh) on which the wearing of the veils was based upon?
Do read them if you have the time. And while you're at it, also try to find out what happens to women who get raped. Or the fact that men can divorce their wives at will while women must endure the harshest treatment with no hope at all of gaining freedom. Or 'honor killings'. It's in fact almost a mirror image of how women were regarded by the Jews in the Old Testament.
MeOhMythe burka can be seen as liberating women from these constraints and mental oppression.
people must step back and come to realize that "western" ideas and concepts, are not the only ideas and concepts... and usually, they're wrong.
I don't recommend the banning of burkhas either. It has become a comforting sign of religion for muslim women and not wearing it makes them feel 'unclean'. And no matter how much I disagree with that, let them be. Because over the years, it's function in most cases has changed from the original purpose of hiding a woman's face to avoid tempting men into committing a sin with them to a symbol of piety in the same way that western women wear conservative dress and crucifix necklaces.
This is not the case in theocracies like the taliban, because they do FORCE their women to wear the all-concealing chadri. How could that not be misogyny? Try reading an account of how Afghan women dressed BEFORE the taliban came into power, and what happens if they are caught by the mutaween (religious police) without the proper head-to-toe covering or wearing make-up, and you'll realize it's original intentions far more clearly. Same with Iran.
Though more liberal muslim nations (Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc.) are less stringent on burkhas anyway. Here in Southeast Asia, women just wear a transparent scarf over their head. Which they take off at times in public, something that is expressly forbidden in conservative Islam.
And btw, to any one claims it's simply a case of culture and not actual misogyny of the arab society, you don't know the half of it either. I'm filipino, our women have been servants for arabs for decades now. Do try hearing some of the horror stories too sometime. They get VERY LITTLE coverage from international news. Only ones that get publicized are when it involves a first world national
You're all in first world countries of course, what should you care about third world women servants? It may surprise you that there are hundreds if not thousands of these cases over the span of decades. If Zimatar was still here, you could have asked him too. And about Dubai's mutaween as well. The mutaween don't really harass first-worlders much, so they're hardly ever noticed except by the lower caste migrant workers. Do try to read them, then get back to me about how arab nations are not really misogynistic.
This subject is touchy for me, because my cousin's wife worked in Jordan. That started the only real tragedy in my family. Which I won't discuss here. http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=101797&d=26&m=10&y=2007 http://www.dole.gov.ph/news/details.asp?id=N000000608http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/pinoy-migration/03/10/09/filipinas-arab-states-hiv-vulnerablehttp://www.bulatlat.com/news/4-20/4-20-distressed.htmlhttp://www.dispatch.com/live/content/national_world/stories/2009/01/19/filipino_maids_0119.ART_ART_01-19-09_A7_VRCJ4OH.html?sid=101http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7207094.stmhttp://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=3960http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=27089http://pinoyoverseas.net/news/middle-east/asian-migrant-women-vulnerable-to-hiv-in-arab-states-%E2%80%93-un-study/http://www.bulatlat.com/2007/10/maltreated-ofws-recount-ordeals-feel-pain-ofws-death-row
Note that I am NOT anti-Islam. I do however believe that to refuse to call something as obvious as this as NOT misogynistic is political correctness bordering on hypocrisy. I do not encourage blanket-accusations, but in this case, it IS justified and it is the truth. Heck, I have female muslim friends here, and even THEY are afraid of going to the middle east because in their words they are "afraid of the arab men, they don't respect women." or as one told me she was afraid of going even though she was given the opportunity because she was pretty (and she was, and married with a child), and even if she is muslim too, that doesn't really matter much since she's still an asian woman. She does however, wear a scarf over her head, as part of her islamic identity. But since when does a scarf compare to a Chadri?
These are filipina muslims:
These are Afghan women in chadris:
So stop trying to excuse it as simply part of the culture. This is not a westernized opinion either.