Look at what the UK was wearing in 1910 or what Indian women bathe in. You could argue that it is progress and for the liberation of women but also there are definite disadvantages of going too far the other way. Is it really liberation to impose our idea of what is acceptable on women? In this heat and the threat of skin cancer, aren't there arguments for covering up?
I was pleased to see that we had allowed muslim women wear what they wanted to in order to compete in beach volley ball at the Olympics and look at the fabulous Ibtihaj Muhammad fencing in her hijab. She does not appear subjugated - in fact she has had to be really strong not to conform to how other people think she should look.
This is such a difficult, sensitive area because my opinion on the burka - covering a woman's face - is different. I cannot find an argument that has persuaded me it is a good thing.
For true progress though, we need to move forward with a listening ear, a non judgmental heart and stop using blanket, one size fits all laws.
As John Maxwell says, 'when the only tool you have in your toolbox is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.'