The French president has spoken in favor of Legislation against women wearing burka in public recently. I agree with the assessment that burka is a symbol of servitude. When women wear it for cultural and religious reasons, they are, as Sarkozy says, prisoners behind netting, cut off from all social life, deprived of identity.
But, what if some women like to wear burka for reasons they choose independantly for themselves? Replace Burka with Hoodies or some other striking dress code and you’ll see what I mean. Why should their act be banned in public, just because the majority does not like it? This is a slippery slope. To state the obvious, freedom is never given, it is taken. The useful thing a government can do is to enable and support it’s citizens to take that freedom. Confrontational measures like banning could end up hurting the women in the end, is it not?