Some women are lazy and wear the burkha to prevent dressing up
That is the strangest thing I've ever heard about why some women wear the veil.
I don't feel like dressing up, so I obviously can't go into public without covering myself up.
This is aside, but I had an interesting experience last week.
2 nights in a row, I wanted to go for a walk when I came home, but it was bitchin' cold and somewhat windy. I knew if I could keep my skin covered, I'd be fine for a couple of miles.
Night 1, I wrapped a scarf around my head, tucked the ends inside my jacket, and went out with just my eyes uncovered. I also had on gloves. It was actually almost dark when I went out.
A block from my house, I passed a woman I know. She was taking a jog. I've walked by her plenty of times and we always said Hi. This time, as I came toward her, she did this looking away thing, didn't say a word. I walked down to main road, lot's traffic. Again passed someone, waiting to see if they'd say anything....nope
I then stopped in a little bead store I'd been meaning to go into many times. There were like 3 ladies working there, and they all looked at me, not with fear like I was going to rob them, but with what I thought was a strange look.
all in all, that kind of bummed me out.
The next night, I decided to do that again, but somehow I had a different attitude. I had more time, so I more carefully arranged my scarf so it was more comfortable. Again though, only my eyes showed. This time I just stayed within myself, and after a while, it was like the world went away. There were no worries that I was going to get unwelcome looks or catcalls from men. In fact, I passed a group of Mexican men (and I mean men born in Mexico, and rough worker types, probably illegals from N. Mexico) I'll be honest, sometimes passing a group of these men makes me a little nervous. I don't know what they are saying, they look at women boldly, as if it is their right to ogle, etc. This time, it was as if I didn't exist! I was starting to like this. I stopped on one occassion to read a sign, and the guy at the door of the store didn't try to entice me in, or speak to me. I stopped a couple of more times to gawp at something, and felt I was in a very private space. I actually did feel an aura of respect about myself. Like I wasn't out there for all the world to see.
It was really nice actually. I can start to see why many muslim women like it.