The double tongue of headscarf haters

Are opponents of the headscarf have defenders of women's rights?

People who are against the headscarf, often on the misogynistic, oppressive side of the headscarf. From new social-psychological research of the Université catholique de Louvain shows that emancipation and equal rights in reality not very high on the priority list of opponents.

The headscarf is an absurdity? According to many non-Muslims though. For a variety of reasons. A head scarf could be dangerous if you have a bus runs. It would hinder communication. Or the wearer with a headscarf would show that she does not want to integrate. But one of the most frequently heard arguments against the headscarf is that the piece of fabric a symbol of oppression. The headscarf would the emancipation, personal development and freedom of choice for Muslim women.

Researchers at the Université catholique de Louvain names to the test. Professor Saroglou and his colleagues wanted to know how the thought world of the average non-Islamic headscarf hater and head cloth lover looks like. They expected opponents of the headscarf the values of emancipation, freedom of choice and equal rights would have. After all, if you say you're against the headscarf because it suppressed women, you'll emancipation, self-development and equal rights is very important. That sounds logical. Right?

Wrong. From the social-psychological research shows that opponents this kind of values is not as important. The researchers found earlier evidence for the opposite: the more important people empowerment, autonomy and equality took place, the more positive their attitudes toward the headscarf.

Thus it seems that opponents use the emancipation-argument to legitimise what they – for other reasons – find. Although the tide seems to turn in recent years, it was long time no socially desirable to say that you are against the head scarf because you Muslims retarded, dangerous or scary. Say that you are against the headscarf because it suppressed women, sounds a lot more tolerant.

Even Geert Wilders, which usually lacquer has to politically correct or socially desirable pronunciations, argued his motion for the burqa ban in this way. "The burqa is misogynistic and actually medieval. That women completely unrecognizable on street, is an insult to all who believe in equal rights, "said Wilders. By the prohibition to link to women's rights was the chance on wall-to-wall support a lot bigger.

As head cloth haters emancipation not so important, what do they have on the headscarf against? Subtle prejudice explain the negative attitude for an important part, as the researchers found. Prejudices were tested with objectives as ' Foreigners teach their children than other values and skills needed to succeed in Belgium "and" Western civilization has been further developed that the Arab-Islamic civilization. ' People who agreed with such objectives, were also more negative about the headscarf.

Furthermore, it was found that a person's attitude to religion also. People who find that faith ultimately nothing more than a safety net for human fears – people who are so negative about which religion – adopt the headscarf off much more often. That sounds logical. It is striking that Orthodox believers (in the research usually Catholic) not against the headscarf. Headscarf opponents find you so rather under atheists than under strict believers. According to the researchers, this could explain why the headscarf in Belgium and France, both of which are among the most secular countries in Europe, so much resistance.

Radical anti-religious views, in the mix with a touch of subtle prejudice and ethnocentrism. It shows the recipe for hate head cloth. Emancipation and women's rights are kept out of.

Vassilis Saroglou, Joseph Lacey, Matthieu van Pachterbeke and Coralie Buxant. "Host Society's dislike of the Islamic veil: the role of subtle prejudice, values and religion." in International Journal of Intercultural Relations, said.

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