I honestly don't believe it should even be in the same category. The Muslim dress code is for religious purposes. From the time they are little until they are an adult, they are raised to believe that it's considered dressing modest. They don't won't wear the head scarf or any other garment for attention. And if they do get attention, whether it's good or bad, they are still dressing MODEST. where as you have a girl who chooses to wear half a shirt and probably a mini skirt for attention and gets upset if you call her slut.
What im trying to say is that you can't compare the two. Muslims wear their religion. They believe in God and they believe in heaven and hell. Forget all the crap with the bombing and stuff. Just like other religions, Muslims have the crazy extremists who do stupid things and blame their religion for it.
A half naked woman may be Christian but she's not wearing her religion and she probably isn't religious either. You cannot compare the two. It's just ridiculous and sounds stupid every time I see people do it.
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I totally agree. I think the main reason why people use this as a comparison sometimes (the link between the two) is sexuality. Both of them have in some way to do with cultural views on sexuality and what is appropriate. You say that burkas, hijabs and head-scarfs are religious garments and you are certainly right about that. But the religious reasons why these clothes are worn have a lot to do with cultural morality (religion and culture/mentality influence each other quite a lot). Muslim countries tend to be also very conservative, patriarchic societies. Conservative, patriarchic men also tend to be sexually very stuck-up and jealous people. So we can safely assume that at least a big part of the reason why Islam even talks about these garments in the first place is because the koran was written by a bunch of misogynistic men and because there are enough misogynistic men in today's muslim societies who readily take these passages as literal commands (as far as I know, this was quite different during the golden age of Islam in 800-1100 A. D., when women were generally treated quite well and equal). It is true that some women wear these garments voluntarily but it should also be mentioned that this "free" will is usually the result of moral indoctrination. If you are a girl who grows up with a very conservative father and in a religious, muslim family, it is very hard to go against these kind of things. I don't personally think muslim garments should be banned because I believe in the right for everyone to wear whatever they want except from stuff like Nazi uniforms and that kind of crap. But I still find it hard to understand why muslim women do it (I generally find it hard to understand why any religious person wears any kind of religious garment). In western countries, we have a very different moral system concerning nudity and sexuality. While we are more open minded towards these things, there is also still lots of sexism around, for example when guys call girls "sluts" just because they show a lot of skin. So yeah, I would say this different notions of morality towards nudity and sexuality is what connects the two. But I agree that they're still different.2