Daily Archives: June 4, 2007

Gideon Rachman

“Do you lick a dick a day?” No mother likes to be asked that sort of question by her eight-year-old son – particularly over breakfast. But my wife stayed calm. She turned to my son and asked him coldly, which of his friends had taught him this horrid little ditty? “Jamila”, he replied.

This was a surprise. Jamila is a Muslim child who wears the veil. Islamic piety has its drawbacks, but I had assumed it provided some protection against smut. However, on reflection, I found the episode strangely heartening. The British often agonise about whether Muslim immigrants are assimilating with the mainstream. Jamila’s taste in doggerel suggested to me that – behind the veil – assimilation is proceeding apace.

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