The message here is pretty clear and simple, but for some reason it seems to become complicated, especially in western societies. I think that there is an often inaccurate assumption that women choosing to cover up their bodies for religious, cultural or modesty related reasons must be suppressed in some way in order to do so. This argument completely skews one of the key feminist ideas…that women can think and choose for themselves.
That’s really what it is all about. Choice. It’s the choice to decide what you wear or don’t wear. It’s the choice to decide what set of moral or religious guidelines you follow, if you even choose to follow any at all. It’s the choice to have control over YOUR body and YOUR life.
You can’t just give women the freedom to choose then take it away because it’s not what you wanted or because it makes you uncomfortable. If women covering their bodies bothers you then I urge you to educate yourself…and also find something more important to worry about than a decision that doesn’t even concern you.