The response to this, of course, is: but what about those woman who can’t wear what they want because they are being coerced into wearing the niqab?
It is by no means something that the majority of even conservative Muslim women agree on and I have seen, in my own family, women dissuaded from wearing the niqab.
The hijab, or head scarf, is regarded as the middle ground of modesty.
Those who oppose it under the banner of secularism and the oppressive nature of the niqab are making their own assumptions about Muslim women’s motivations.
The debate about the veil is not about religious freedom.
I would rather that no woman had effectively to disappear, from a young age, because that is the norm in her family.