For many feminists, veiling is synonymous with the oppression of women.
What women in Muslim societies need are American liberties, the story goes.
If they don't willingly embrace “bikinis and boobs”, they can be bombed into submission.
The story goes? Which story goes? Is it a common view among feminists that if Muslim women don't want American liberties... they should be bombed into submission?
And what liberties, he asks, are we talking about?
being able to walk around with their faces uncovered, or being able to go out without the permission of their male guardians, or, God forbid, even being able to get a job or be financially independent
Then he chides Bourke for dismissing these everyday freedoms under the heading "bikinis and boobs" and concludes:
It's not a view I've come across, and I very much doubt that it's a view that Joanna Bourke has come across, but it sets the rhetorical tone.