Under the Black Blanket

02/25/12

Bareheaded Women and the Apes

ape.jpegYemeni Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman, the first Arab woman - and the youngest -  to win the Nobel, has an intriguing explanation for why women should keep their heads covered. According to comments she made to a journalist this week, the head covering is a major evolutionary advance, now differentiating women from the apes.
"Man in the early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I'm wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It's the removal of clothes again that is regressive back to ancient times."
Putting aside the question of whether Islam - or any of the major religions - accepts that humanity evolved from apes, is it really a good idea for a Nobel Peace Prize winner to be insinuating that uncovered women are backward savages?
The Muslim Times story link is here.
Thanks for Gwendolen Cates for the tip.
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