Richard Jeffrey Newman's Miscellany


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The most immediate reason to oppose laws like compulsory hejab or abortion prohibitions, of course, is the harm they do to women. Focusing solely on that harm, however—by which I mean divorcing it from its socioeconomic, political, and cultural context—also obscures what is at stake for men, since it elides the fact that the policing of women’s bodies implies by default the corresponding policing of men’s bodies.