Posted by Jost on September 22, 2006, at 18:12:06
In reply to Re: You might expect the odd muslim from the west? » Jost, posted by alexandra_k on September 22, 2006, at 2:21:46
New York must be more conservative than where you live. People don't go around half naked here. Can't think of the last time I saw a half-naked, or even quarter-naked person on the street.
I'm fairly conservative in my own dress. Wearing a burqa, though, wouldn't make me feel less embodied--maybe even more embodied, and not necessarily comfortably so, unless I got used to it. I wonder if it might not be more difficult to maneuver in than some types of westernized clothes. Say, jeans and a shirt. Ease of maneuvering seems more unembodied than having to hold up a long robe, or craning around to compensate for no peripheral vision.
But then I don't wear various fashions that might expose me to taking smaller steps, watching for uneven spots in the pavement, or worrying about what was or wasn't visible if I did something.
That makes me feel about as unself-conscious about my physical self as I can be-- a state I mostly strive for. The main virtue of a burqa (to me, if there is one)-- would be keeping the sun out of your eyes, and being better than sunscreen or a hat for keeping you shaded from the sun-- But this seems balanced by the likelihood of one's being hot underneath it-- esp. since black is a hotter color than white.
I'm not sure-- it's all conjecture-- but I don't necessarily know if hiding is quite the same as not being embodied-- as opposed to trying to suppress an uncomfortable, but greater, sense of embodiment.