Gaby Hinsliff Fails To Recognise Who Is Doing The Bullying…

Nobody should be bullied into wearing something to prove their allegiance to a country, whether it’s a bracelet or a red poppy or a saltire in face paint.

She’s referring to the ribbing Miliband got for not wearing the latest craze – bracelets to show support for a cause. She has a point.

And nor, arguably, should they be bullied out of wearing something.

And again, I’d usually agree.

This week, it emerged that a 16-year-old girl has been barred from an outstanding London state school because she insists on wearing the niqab, or full-face covering. Camden School for Girls is famous for turning out strong-minded young women but says it can’t teach this one due to an established policy of challenging “inappropriate dress which offends public decency or which does not allow teacher-student interactions”.

Except insisting on a dress code isn’t ‘bullying’. I’m pretty sure my HR department would scoff at my claim of ‘bullying’ because my boss failed to allow me to wear a bikini when seeing clients.

… just as the Sun row isn’t really about a bracelet, this isn’t purely about a scrap of fabric worn by at most a tiny minority of Muslim women. The veil is a metaphor not just for the struggle between religious faith and feminism but for deep contemporary fears of division and distance, of the shutters coming down between one culture and another.

Maybe so. That doesn’t mean the stated aim isn’t just as valid. But we have to pity the poor liberals, you see:

It’s helplessly confusing for liberals, who can’t decide which is worse: a Muslim culture where it’s accepted that men will ogle women, and that women should hide themselves for shame, or a western one where girls choosing the veil in defiance of their families, as an expression of their own identity, get lectured by grumpy white men who think they should make more effort to fit in?

Oh, poor liberals!

The unspoken fear must be that if schools surrender on veils, the next thing will be demands for girls to sit separately from boys, or to drop music and sport.

Yes. That’s exactly the point. Will that too cause a ‘dilemma’ for so-called liberals, Gaby?

Humans can, of course, learn to get by without all the non-verbal cues on which most of us unthinkingly rely in social and professional encounters. It’s a tiny thing, but I’ll never forget watching David Blunkett enter a meeting and extend his hand for a handshake at precisely the moment his sighted host did so.

So…you equate this with disability? Those born blind have no choice.

…if a girl wants to learn in a profoundly empowering school that prides itself on fostering independent thought, then it feels wrong to push her away, possibly into an establishment without half as many principles. It’s a properly liberal education that sets girls free, or they wouldn’t risk death in countries from Pakistan to Nigeria to get one. We should do nothing to exclude from it those who may one day need it most.

Because it ‘feels wrong’, Gaby – ever the good progressive – assume it must be wrong. But think about it – who is really doing the bullying here?

Isn’t it the person who runs to the press to try to force an institution into changing its admission requirements to suit her desires?

12 comments for “Gaby Hinsliff Fails To Recognise Who Is Doing The Bullying…

  1. October 6, 2014 at 9:22 am

    it;s ludicrous, rules in schools are for a reason and EVERYONE is subject to these rules and must abide by them after all thats what makes rules work.
    When I was at school we had to wear straw boaters in the summer and felt brimmed hats in the winter it was mandatory.
    I can’t imagine a straw boater over a niqab. If this young lady want’s to go to this particular school that badly then she needs to follow the dress code, it’s an all girls school so no men to ogle her and she could wear it to school, take it off during the school day and then replace it to go home if she’s that bloody bothered, Anyway nowhere in the quran does it say Muslim women MUST cover their face,it’s a choice and if she want’s that school so badly she could choose not to wear it.
    As for Millipede he’s an idiot and I am amazed he has not already leapt on the bandwagon and banged the drum loudly he usually does if he feels it will gain him public support. He would eat a dead dormouse if it was publically popular.

    • Furor Teutonicus
      October 6, 2014 at 10:25 am

      XX I can’t imagine a straw boater over a niqab. XX

      The most stupid thing I have seen, in this area, is in a pizza factory, where these stupid bitches with their heads fully wrapped in a bin bag, had to wear a hair net over it!

      • October 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

        Now that is truly ridiculous!

        • Furor Teutonicus
          October 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

          Nun… The H+S say hair nets must be worn, then they WILL be worn. To allow moslems not to would be discrimination…. 😀 😀 😀

      • October 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm

        Brilliant and spot on but still hilarious and something I would pay good money to see 😈

    • October 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Their gaff, their rules.

      • Furor Teutonicus
        October 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

        It is NOT “Their rules” though, it is H&S rules.

  2. ivan
    October 6, 2014 at 10:25 am

    For a start it is not a religious requirement. It appear to be something thought of by some men that are challenged by women and don’t know how to respond and would rather they go away and not be seen.

    Next thing, if she was allowed to wear the black bin bag (why must they always be black?) who is to know if it is in fact her that is taking any exams?

  3. Ljh
    October 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

    How can she interact in a classroom with her mouth muzzled and the rest of her wrapped in Islamic female invisibility cloak? It’s a monumental adolescent sulk with a bit of cultural totalitarianism thrown in.

  4. AndrewWS
    October 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    How does she deal with deaf people who need to lipread? Or rather, how do they deal with her?

  5. Ed P
    October 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    There’s something deeply ironic about a girl wishing to attend a liberal school, which is “proud of fostering independent thought” and her desire to wear restrictive and isolating clothing, which is usually taken to indicate a compliant and subservient attitude.

  6. Lord T
    October 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I was bullied into wearing an anti-bullying bracelet. 🙂

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