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Kære Jette Beckmann, vinder af DRs sprogpris og vært på trafikradioen:

Det er ulovligt og livsfarligt for en selv og andre at undlade at skrabe sne og is af alle ruder og tag før man kører i sin bil.

Det er en persons gode ret og ikke til skade for nogen som helst at iklæde sig en burka.

Lad derfor venligst være med at kalde bilister med dårligt udsyn pga mangelfuld sneskrabning for "burkabilister". Et sådant udtryk bliver forlenet sin kraft af den islamofobiske ringeagt samfundet har overfor muslimer.

Du kunne med fordel kalde dem "skyklapsbilister". Det ville ovenikøbet bære en bibetydning i sig af uansvarlig uopmærksomhed, jævnfør "at gå rundt med skyklapper på".
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It's horrible that it even got that far in the Spanish parliament, but I'm glad that respect for women narrowly edged out the islamophobia, and wearing the burka was not prohibited by law in Spain.

If you think islamist men are forcing their female family members to wear the burka, and that that is wrong - how can you defend the state mandating how women can dress?

I'm not a fan of any sort of socially mandated "modest clothing" or religiously symbolic gender-specific clothing. But you know, Spain: You have an awful lot of nuns wearing restrictive habits to be starting with the Muslim women. Just saying.
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I'm furious that there are so many families who think that women should shut their whore mouths when men are talking that some schools can't hold satisfactory parent teacher conferences.

Why are these women not involved with their children's schooling? Why do the male heads of family who attend the conferences not discuss the results with their wives at home, since presumably mothers have the main responsibility for child rearing in traditional patriarchal families? Are the fathers so removed from the feminine/child-rearing sphere that they do not attend the conferences either?

Why are local women's organizations not organizing these mothers and empowering them to speak and act even if these patriarchal women will only do so in woman only spaces? Feminism FAIL.

I don't think that public schools, which by law are required to teach democracy and gender equality, should reinforce the patriarchal families in their beliefs. Of course not.

But holding a few mother teacher conferences, which will in no way detract from the normal course of parent teacher conferences, is not only the only practical solution for the affected children right now, it is also a great opportunity for the teachers to tell these mothers that their voices are valued and desired, and that they wield an enormous power over their children's schooling and future which must be used constructively. When the mothers learn this, they can find ways to participate which do not require them to speak in mixed groups.

I am disgusted that this whole debate is being derailed by islamophobia. The affected children, and society as a whole, need these mothers mobilized. That a comparatively high percentage of families with patriarchal beliefs are Muslims is not relevant, and finding practical ways of working with these families is not bowing to islamist pressure. I sincerely doubt that radical islamists would be pressuring public schools to involve wives and mothers more in decision making, for fuck's sake.

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Nora Charles

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