E ainda a propósito do debate de ideias que segue na caixa de comentários do 5 dias, suscitado pelo lúcido post de António Figueira, vale a pena recordar uma entrevista de Ben Greeman a Jane Kramer na New Yorker de 16 de Novembro de 2004. Fica um excerto:
(…) women in North Africa, where most of the families of young Islamic women in France come from, have really been struggling for their rights. But in France, with all its freedoms, so many young women seem to be capitulating to Islamist pressure. It usually starts with the young men who are recruited, and the symbols of successful recruitment are the women in the family. In other words, the women are the symbol of the new identity of the man. When you see a twelve-year-old girl coming to school in a chador, where for two or three generations no one had worn one, you have to look at this as the expression of an enormous pressure from the men in the girl’s family. You’re really dealing with a born-again movement, and the girls get the short end of the stick, because the boys don’t have to change what they study, how they dress, and so forth. The girls are the proof of the new purity of the family. Many French people I know felt that this law was a Pandora’s box, that it was going to be more trouble than it was worth, and that the best thing to do was to continue to try to deal with it in the schools, with teacher-parent conferences and so forth. But it’s hard to do that as the Muslim communities become more extreme. Ten years ago, a Muslim girl who told her family “I’m going out to the movies with friends” might have caused a family fight. These days, she might be shipped off to Algeria to be married.