(Inspired by the debate about Moslem women's dress)
We all wear one, some wear more, one for work, one for home, one for the annoying man next door.
Westerners wear masks with faces painted on, to radiate
a deceptive message:
Others wear masks for Anonymity,
There is a fashion in masks: Some prefer white:
For some women, Guys and God demand the Black Burka to be worn. Soft on the inside, and hard on the outside. Like some kind of Monty Python sweetie. Crunchy Frog?, No idea of the taste without taking a bite.
Our problem is the ambiguity of no information. Westerners are used to feeling trust through seeing someone’s face.
But that Dalek-like garb might conceal something shy and vulnerable, or an old woman, or the bloody violence of a suicide bomber.
Those familiar with the Burka, hear only our anger, not our fear and vulnerability.
Richard Epworth, October 20th 2006
Last updated 2008-02-20