I asked my students to read an article from the Spanish newspaper El Pais on the planned prohibition of wearing burqas in public spaces in Spain and express their opinions. I have already mentioned on various occasions that here in the Bible Belt most of my students are ultra-conservative. When they had to compose sentences with the word "government", for example, I got tired of reading the obsessive "Government is bad" statement that I got from the majority of them. When I asked them during an oral exam to elaborate on their political opinions, there was little they could say except "Abortion is wrong, government is too big."
In the burqa debate, every single one of these ultra-conservative students is adamantly opposed to any limitations being imposed on burqa-wearers. So those who believe that defending burqas should be part of the feminist agenda must remember that they will have full support of the most retrograde parts of the population. Two of the students argued that burqas are good because they protect female modesty. As we can see, burqas have full support of those who want to see women permanently controlled, bound, covered up, and hidden from view.