I'm sad to see that France is banning the burqa. I don't want to wear a burqa, but who am I to say how other women should or should not dress? I'm sure some of the things that I wear could be offensive or misunderstood in another country and culture.
I lived in Afghanistan for a while, and I'm grateful to say that it taught me how to look beyond what someone wears. I actually met many empowered women who just happened to wear burqas on the streets. I know some women are forced to wear the burqa and other things that they don't want to wear. That's too bad.
If you want to listen to the rest of my rant, please check out my podcast episode that I just posted: http://blog.lizgrover.com/2010/07/thoughts-on-burqa.html