Originally Posted by eclipse
Yes, that's a burqa.
When I asked why it was frightening, I didn't mean why you thought it might frighten your son. You said it frightens you, and I'm curious why.
But it wasn't really a burqa, the fabric was open to the face, and the face was covered with a metal mask, perhaps a partially fabric one as well, that is just the only picture that looks remotely like what I am talking about because it seems like there is something over her mouth under the fabric.
Anyway, I don't know why it frightens me. I think because it looked like a device from a house of horrors or something, like it was meant to make it so these women could not talk or eat. They looked machine like, or sci fi like, not person like. And in this culture, masks are frightening, they appear in horror movies, on robbers and bandits, or on doctors and dentists - and I find all those things scary or anxiety producing. So, when I see a mask on a person, my first instinct is anxiety, and when the mask was a sort of horrible metal thing that seemed very mean to make a woman wear, I had a sick to my stomach sort of response. Now the fabric masks make me think of those metal ones and that adds to the anxiety.
I guess I'm wondering if the women who wore the metal masks chose to, or where made to. And it seems that no one here has the vaguest idea what I'm even talking about, so unless I can take a pic one day on my camera phone, I guess I'm not gonna get an answer. Thanks anyway...
And I realize the fabric ones are a choice the woman makes to wear, it just seems frightening and I wondered why she has to wear a face mask as well as a head covering. No one really seems to know, so thanks anyway on that one too