Burqa ban will serve to boost the sex industry in Morocco

Burqa ban will serve to boost the sex industry in Morocco

A bad-tempered debate has erupted on the Morocco World News website following a report that the Muslim country has banned the sale, production and import of burqas.

Someone called Zigma Zigma suggested that the ban would serve only to boost Morocco’s “sex industries” by drawing in more foreigners.

Christian M Davidson rubbished the suggestion:

Come on, Morocco is biggest destination for male sex industry not female.

And he pointed of that 80 percent of Moroccans have “some kind of same-sex intercourse”, but they get married later. He added that Morocco has more gay dating sites than the rest of Africa put together.

Muslim preacher Sheikh Mohamed Fizazi, above, reacted to the ban by supporting the authorities. He claims that the burqa is a cultural symbol belonging to other countries like “Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Arabian Peninsula,” worn to obscure the female form.

Here in Morocco and in the North of Africa in general, our women have their own style in wearing the hijab. It is a style that represents our social and religious culture.

The sheikh went on to suggest that if the government had proposed banning either the Moroccan or the Eastern veil, then it would be a clear case of an unfair ruling.

Then we could say, ‘Oh God, this is unfair’.

Since, however, the ban involves an item culturally appropriate to other countries, he reasons that it is not a decision which represents an infringement on Moroccan rights and freedoms.  In fact, he argues, the importation of products like the burqa represents a sort of betrayal of Moroccan culture and tradition.

Fizazi concluded by saying:

For me, there is no difference between the Afghan burqa and foolishly ripped jeans or a mini skirt, or whatever degrades our pure culture and particular our identity …

But Hammad Kabbaj, a preacher barred from standing in parliamentary elections in October over his alleged ties to “extremism”, denounced the ban as “unacceptable”, and that it mocked the “Morocco of freedom and human rights” which “considers the wearing of the Western swimsuit on the beaches an untouchable right”.

Meanwhile. the Northern Moroccan National Observatory for Human Development said it considered the measure:

An arbitrary decision that is an indirect violation of women’s freedom of expression and wearing what reflects their identities or their religious, political or social beliefs.

But Nouzha Skalli, a former family and social development minister, welcomed the ban as:

An important step in the fight against religious extremism.

Letters announcing the ban were sent out on Monday, giving businesses 48 hours to get rid of their stock.

There was no official announcement from the government, but unnamed officials told outlets the decision was made due to “security concerns”.

It is unclear if Morocco is now intending to ban the garment outright.

A high-ranking interior ministry official confirmed the ban to the Le360 news site, adding that:

Bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.

The burqa, which covers the entire face and body, is not widely worn in Morocco, with most women favouring the hijab, which does not shroud the face.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

10 responses to “Burqa ban will serve to boost the sex industry in Morocco”

  1. L.Long says:

    This is not good! As all that is being said is “my DOGMA beats your DOGMA!!!” and both dogmas are evil.
    How about letting women wear what ever they like and giving them protection from bigoted aholes!! And being forced to wear an hijab is nothing more then the tent with a face opening! How is this better? Again how about treating women as equals and protecting their equal rights to wear what they like???

  2. AgentCormac says:

    ‘For me, there is no difference between the Afghan burqa and foolishly ripped jeans or a mini skirt, or whatever degrades our pure culture and particular our identity.’

    Sounds like something Hitler might well have said.

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    Those who claim this is a lessening of women’s choices might do well to explain why Moroccan women are physically attacked for not wearing their Muslim bin bags.

  4. Angela_K says:

    Well done Morocco, the ban is on the grounds of security which is a good thing. We could do with a ban here but I can’t see our supine government doing it.
    Morocco used to be fairly liberal, I went there in the mid ’80s and alcohol was freely available, I even went to a bar in Tangier, although it was full of ex-pats. The young men did leer at us wherever we went and some of the Berber women hissed at us in our beach-wear when we were on the beach.

  5. Feddie says:

    Why not let the women decide? A National Referendum on female dress code would yield the result we can all predict. If done fairly the Muslim Bin Bag will be bottom of the list. That is of course there was some law,harshly enforced, to severely punish men for groping and other sexual harassment of women.

    And the UK. NO our lawmakers are too soft to even discuss such an idea.

  6. Leonard Ostrander says:

    Groping is the stuff of presidents.

  7. John says:

    Is this a new market for selfie-sticks?

  8. Paul says:

    What is it with most religions and their fascination with sex and moreover why are they constantly telling everyone else what to do or not to do about it.
    As put by Jared Diamond (rephrased slightly) sex is fun.

  9. StephenJP says:

    Everyone quoted in the article is male. No women’s views seem to have been considered. No surprise there, then, even in a comparatively civilised country such as Morocco. Angela_K mentions the 80s; my wife and I went there in the late 70s, and it was pretty liberal then as well: they were (and are) too dependant on Euro-tourism not to be. But the liberalism seems to stop short of 50% of their own people

  10. 1859 says:

    The full burka serves exactly the same purpose as the chastity belt that could be locked with a key (by husbands naturally) in European countries during the early Middle Ages. The declaration was clear: your body is my property and your twat is my domain…..but that was a long time ago before the word, or even concept, of equality even existed.
    Those religious fruitcakes who want to impose the full burka are trying to pull the world of 2017 AD back to about 700 AD – while at the same time, the world of 2017 AD is trying to pull forwards those religious fruitcakes who, from choice, are still stuck in the world of 700 AD.
    Maybe we could meet in the middle and just agree to cover up the piano legs? Would be a start.