[Marxism] A scene from the new Libya

Ken Hiebert knhiebert at shaw.ca
Sat Aug 11 22:31:59 MDT 2012


Thanks to all who responded to my note:
> This set me asking myself what is the dress code for women in the Iranian
> parliament. i have been unable to find determine that. If it turns out that
> there is an Islamic dress code for women in the Iranian parliament, what should
> we conclude about the Iranian Revolution?


I think the point i am getting at is that a revolution (in Libya, in Iran, in Syria) can be incomplete and suffer serious setbacks and yet be a genuine revolution.
I think John is making a similar point in his note.
					ken h


"I fully support the right of women to choose whether or not to wear the hijab. I
was just making the point that some women don't have a problem with wearing it -
the woman I was speaking to saw it as a cultural thing that she wouldn't
normally follow but which, for her, was not something she'd campaign about.

Personally, I find the Iranian mandatory dress code completely objectionable,as
I do the French ban on the burka.

The Libyan woman at the start of this thread should have had the absolute right
to address the Parliament without a head scarf. Using that incident to attack
the Libyan revolution though is to set it up as a straw man. No one here thinks
the Libyan revolution was bringing socialism. What it might bring is a life for
Libyans where expressing themselves politically is more possible. Unfortunately
it'll probably be a mixture, at least in the short term, of gains and losses.
Some of the secular features of the Gaddafi era will be lost. My hope is that
overall, the possibilities afforded by the revolution will be much greater than
the losses.

I hope this is clear.
Cheers,
John"



I think the point i am getting at is that a revolution (in Libya, in Iran, in Syria) can be incomplete and suffer serious setbacks and yet be a genuine revolution.



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