This paper studies the ideological appropriation of multiculturalism policies, through which western societies reproduce their cultural superiority and historical "advantage" in the sexual liberation of women. The basic thesis that the authors advocate, using a comparative analysis of various types of multiculturalist speech about women's veiling in Europe, is that the ideologeme of cultural diff erence, which legitimizes the necessity of maintaining boundaries and distance between cultures, is at the same time mobilized as a tool of suppression of the dominant culture's own sexual conflicts and conflicts of gender and sexuality. The authors base their thesis onthe longitudinal historical perspective of appropriation of the Other and the "alien" for the sexual subordination of women of the First and "familiar", from the colonial period to the modern globalized society. Through selected casestudy readings of veiling in Slovenian and European public space, the paper concludes with a critique of critical multiculturalism. Th e authors argue that in order to improve its emancipatory potentials multiculturalism needs to undergo an epistemological reconstruction of some of its basic foundations.