Why are people so obsessed with women in veils?

“The Observer had a story on the front page of its review section last Sunday on niqab, the face veil worn by some Muslim women. ‘The Big Cover-Up’ fails to ask the obvious question of why people can’t mind their own business – after all, given what some women (and some men) don’t wear, one might ask why it matters why some women choose to cover their faces as well. The thing nobody seems to mention is that of all the problems some Muslims cause, none of them seem to come from women, and none of them are the result of women covering their heads or faces, so why is anyone bothered? … Why are people so obsessed with women in veils?”

A succinct reply to Andrew Anthony from Yusuf Smith.

Indigo Jo Blogs, 23 November 2005