Today, on my way to the botanical garden, passing a basketball court.
A Moroccan Dutch (?) father with his two, about nine-year old, daughters.
Both wearing headscarves.
Presumably, from their family’s interpretation of Islam.
Or is that a prejudice, and are the scarves there for some other reason?
Anyway, the two girls are playing football.
With more skills and enthusiasm than their fellow players, their father and little brother.
Most of the people who would see those girls, and say How terribly all those Muslims oppress their women, are the same people who say about football that it is for blokes only, and that girls should prepare for Miss Preteen beauty contests instead; and that feminism is an ugly women’s thing blah blah blah blah.
They are in the tradition of about a hundred years ago, of Lord Cromer, who was the boss of the anti-women’s suffrage league in Britain, but at the same time sounded very “feminist” in colonial mostly Muslim Egypt, of which he was the governor.
Women’s rights and religious ultra orthodoxy in Israel: here.