Three essays in response to France’s ban on women wearing veils and other full body coverings in secular spaces. Two of the essays are written by women; the other by a political writer (Greg Sheridan). Themes: Secularism, nationalism, identity politics, feminism, individualism, censorship Possible questions: *What – if any – rights does a government have to do as France did? *What are the consequences, negative, positive or neutral? *How helpful or unhelpful will this be to the women who are affected by this? *Who benefits from this ruling? Why or how? *What ‘stance’ or position does each essay writer take? Can we determine their personal opinions/beliefs about this issue from their essays? *If you were the PM of Australia or the Minister for Women’s Interests, how would you go about dealing with this issue in Australia?
France – the Veil (docx)
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