A French Muslim woman has been fined for wearing a burka at the wheel of her car – weeks before the proposed introduction of a total ban on the full-body veil.I don’t agree with banning the burqa on the usual liberal grounds that people can wear what the hell they like, but I think the woman instead of being fined should have done community service as a cycle courier. She would have ditched the full-bodied curtain soon enough. I mean, can you imagine cycling dressed like this:-
The 31-year-old was stopped by two policemen in Nantes in western France earlier this month as she drove wearing a burka, or niqab, covering all but her eyes. She was given a €22 (£19) fine for "driving in uncomfortable conditions", because her vision was allegedly reduced. .
Cycling was emancipating for women. It was easier to keep a cycle than a horse and it meant a woman could travel alone quite cheaply, or join in with a gang of other cyclists. It freed her. Victorian clothes were nearly as bad as burqas, which at least don’t constrict you in whalebone, so women cycling lead to rational dress.-
So I would encourage cycling among the women from conservative Muslim backgrounds. They'll chuck those vision-stopping, spoke-grabbing garments and move into lyrcra and safety gear. And if their reason for wearing the burqa is to thwart male lust, nothing is as unalluring as a bicycle helmet and a day glo yellow jacket.