15 May 2010

Unwilling Subjects in the Algerian War

My first link.

Think about how a person would feel if they had grown up covering a part of themselves, and then they were forced to sit for a photograph, exposing that very part of them they had shown only to immediate family...

Then think of how they might react if a law (passed, perhaps, by a certain francophone parliament) said they could not appear in public wearing a that particular article of clothing.

For us in America, it might be, say, as integral to our identity as pants.

Try not to question WHY they were wearing it in the first place, just the fact that they had grown up that way. "Visual rape" this article calls it...