October 08, 2015

"Vogue," the veiled woman and me: One afternoon in Harrods

Jim HenshawRebel Blogger

When I was still acting, I was doing a play in London, England. One afternoon, I wandered into Harrods.

Their book department included one of the largest magazine displays I’d ever seen and I often dropped by to pick up reading material I'd never encountered before.

This particular afternoon, I stumbled across something far more interesting.

A very wealthy looking Arab guy walked in, followed closely by a woman dressed in the complete burka, veiled and robed so heavily and completely, you could only see her eyes. He said something that I took for “Wait here!” and left her by the magazines as he went off to find a clerk.

He was looking for something apparently hard to find for the clerk had soon taken him deep into the stacks. The woman perused the magazine stand for a moment, looked around to make sure nobody was watching and moved to the Fashion section.

Then, making sure she couldn’t be detected, she took the corner of an issue of Vogue between two fingers and peeled it back ever so slightly so she could peek inside.

From where I was standing, I could see the utter amazement in her eyes as she stared at the high fashion models visible inside the barely open pages.

Taking another glance to make sure she hadn't been seen by her male companion, she cautiously fingered her way onto another page, staring again at images clearly forbidden to her.

A moment later, the guy and the clerk were back, sorting through a number of books, so she had to turn from the magazine and stand around like she wasn’t looking at anything.

As the two men haggled over something or another, I went over, picked up the copy of Vogue and stood near the woman, flipped it wide open and slowly turned page after page as if I was studying each photograph in detail, but making sure she could see the pictures.

This went on for about 20 minutes. He glanced at me a couple of times, probably assuming I was gay or some kind of haute couture perv and finally called her over as he bought his book.

I put the magazine back and went back to browsing. A couple of minutes later, they left, with her once again following a few steps behind him.

As the woman passed, she turned her eyes toward me with the warmest look I’ve probably ever had from a woman.

I wonder if any of these guys have any idea what’s really going on the heads of their wives, sisters and daughters -- or how much better their marriages and their lives would be if they did.


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commented 2015-10-12 14:18:24 -0400
I believe its the case that many are forced to wear this bee keeper suit, however I don’t think Zunera Ishaq is one of them. Its not hard to tell, if you meet their eyes. Some are forced, some wear it in defiance of the west.
commented 2015-10-12 11:56:28 -0400
When I was at Harrods in 2007 there were many body bags walking behind their minders and I have never, at once, been so disgusted/enraged/astonished/sickened. Spending even 5 minutes among such depravity was too much and I got back on the bus almost immediately. I will never be misguided into the fairy tale that these women like to dress that way, unless, of course they are completely insane too, and centuries of inbreeding would likely do that to them. Do we really want that mentality in this country? I know I don’t!
commented 2015-10-09 21:44:07 -0400
Deborah……I’m a bit of a rebel myself & I would be doing the same thing as you. How come these women do not rebel against this absurdity. Imagine wearing that body bag every time you went outside or if the man in your house is not your father, brother or uncle. They wear it in front of a brother in law or father in law. This would make me crazy, literally. I watched a woman being interviewed & she wore the niqab while holding her son. Then she got some cereal in a bowl for him & like Linda referred to in her post, she took a few tsps of the cereal & proceeded to lift up the bottom part of her veil so she could put it into her mouth.what a life. I’d rather be dead if I had to live like that. Never feeling the sun on your face or a fresh breeze, besides this cannot be very healthy or hygienic.
commented 2015-10-09 14:53:59 -0400
Linda Cayer – I certainly wouldn’t find it fun at all, and I would rip this submissive tool to shreds, if anyone tried to force me to wear it. I’ve never been a conformist, and never will be, so if someone tries to smother me with one of these bags, they are going to be dealing with one crazy old white woman!
commented 2015-10-08 22:23:05 -0400
When I was Egypt I watched with interest as a woman in full burqa and hands covered in black gloves sit at a table with a tray of food. How would she manage to eat.
With gloved hand she picked up a piece of bread and reached way down to scoop up her burqa and fumbled undercover to get the food to her mouth. How much fun can that be?