You know religion is a funny belief. When you practice something from the start of course that belief, judgment, peer pressure, culture, tradition, consensus trance, society are influencing the habits and anxieties of what seems right to them. When a habit that is lifelong, removing something that has been learned as a traditional norm per say will leave a sense of exposure, apprehension and fear. Then the habit manifests as part of the subconscious reality and becomes automatic. But in their culture they did not have a choice, rather it was decided for them from birth.
Its like a lot of things that are or aren't acceptable or rewarded in society. Now the stigma and bias that is attached in such cultures is the opposite, shame. So then a lady who doesn't wear a burqa in an Islam society is shamed. Do you believe that kind of bias goes away just because they are living in a western society? It is easier to don the Burqa because its the least resistance, they in effect submit to their conditioned value system that is in place. Its incredibly psychological. As much as a woman in a western culture wouldn't be caught dead without make up in public in some ways.
Would France or any other country imposing such a law help. Yes and No. yes because it creates a new set of habits, no because the bias would be there from their upbringing, family, peers, the religion they are part of and now the new society they are part of if they wear it etc. The pressure builds up like that, its unfortunate how much belief systems integrate into the way people think.
France as a culture are doing this out of a political as well as a social reason on their part and good on them for trying.
Being reasonable and rational are two very different things Ragashree. France is being reasonable, the energy that this kind of issue brings forth is telling.
The value attachment to the Burqa for the women is so high now that without it they would feel vulnerable and devalued because their self perception has been altered significantly. Indeed, because then in their own peer group they would be judged by other women and threatened by other men, as a subtle form of coercion, persuasion that it is a necessity on religious grounds, hardly cultural.
Wearing coverings like that however is just like putting somebody in a basement all their lives, they'll adjust and find it comforting and normal. Once they learn it isn't normal their automatic script would tend to hide anyway because that is what they have known all their lives. Some things remain taboo, of course if you ask women who are influenced by their peer groups they will say that they like it. That is their world, that is what they've grown up with, that is what they know from the start. It is now so deeply entrenched that it is a shame to go without it and that is a shame.
Hay you know if it takes my father and brother to persuade me to do something against my will in a few hours then imagine how easy it is to do that to a woman who isn't wearing a Burqa within their social groups.