A week after the ban was implemented, the level of opposition has been low.
There have been some acts of defiance – 67 girls refused to change out of their abayas on the first day of the new term.
But of a mass movement of resistance there is no sign. No mass-donning of abayas, no sit-ins.
There never is. I mean, there never is a mass movement of resistance – to burqa bans, hijab bans, abaya bans – anywhere in the world. Wonder why not. Wonder where the masses of women who adore being fully, or mostly, covered are… Hmm… hmm…
Well let’s see. First of all, a lot of these girls and women come from subcultures where — I mean DUH. Why do you think they’ve been all covered up since they were five years old? The whole point is to make them invisible! So nu – you’re expecting them to mass on the Champs Elysees and get their picture in the paper? Not bloody likely.
As for secular, jeans-wearing Frenchwomen donning abayas for a day to express solidarity… I mean, look at the statistic in my headline, mes petites. I believe it’s finally gotten through to that demographic — along with virtually every other demographic — that abayas are an appalling constraint on young women, and no self-respecting liberal state should countenance them in its public secondary schools.
Okay, so then where’s the Muslim Brotherhood when you need them?
Er, not sure they’re too eager to be seen, en masse, in public either.
I think this only leaves that blithering idiot, Jean-Luc Melenchon.