Alternative title for this "Does my ass look fatwa in this burqa"??
I shot this a couple years ago, after talking to a friend who'd been in the United Arab Emirates for a year on a consulting project. He told me about parties where the women would show up in their burqa with $10,000 French designer dresses underneath and as soon as people walked in the door the wine started flowing and the modesty costumes went into the closet. So it made me wonder - how can anyone tell if you're wearing anything at all under your "modesty costume"?
I've written elsewhere about the total ridiculousness of religion-based social strictures against nudity. Often I get comments suggesting that I owe other people's beliefs more respect than I show. What's really going on is that there's a social taboo against making fun of religion because history shows that when you poke people's faith they often become dangerously violent. What's to respect about that? If I went around telling people I believed the universe had been created by spider-man and that everyone should wear their underpants on their head (skid marks forward!) they wouldn't "respect my beliefs" they'd put me in a hospital and give me antipsychotic drugs. When you consider the ridiculousness of the theory of a divine being that would create a body as gorgeous as this model's - and want it hidden from view - well, that's crazy. Forcing your women to wear something like a burqa is dumber than wearing your underpants on your head, especially if you live someplace hot. Now, let me state for the record that I am an "equal opportunity disrespecter" - I'm not anti-muslim, in particular. I think that most of the ways religion manifests itself are bordering on insanity, or inanity. Dear reader, if I have offended you, I'm sorry for your feelings but I'm only serving as the bearer of bad news. Don't shoot the messenger. Take your underpants off your head and get with the 21st century.
PS to all fanatics who might be inclined to threaten to kill me for this photo - what are you doing looking in a "nude" art gallery?