The burkini is an item of clothing used by Muslim women to cover themselves up whilst on the beach. It is suitable and respectable to their religion and definitely not an issue in my opinion. Just as the Hijab is a well honoured piece of clothing, the burkini says no different. her choice to hide or showcase her skin is business of her own.
The French police leave me a little unzipped about how they went about the topic. Asking a woman to remove an item of clothing on a public beach, its more an act of belittlement and control rather than a doted on act of judgement.
Reasons for the ban are outlined:
- A womens right to wear what ever she chooses as an expression of herself.
- A womans right to follow her religion freely and being able to dress modestly doing so.
- Terrorist attacks- the suspicion that something could be hidden
- Beach attire doesnt require anyone to dress in such a way it makes people second guess and feel weary.
- The burkini was “liable to offend the religious convictions or (religious) non-convictions of other users of the beach,” and “be felt as defiance or a provocation exacerbating tensions felt by” the community, it added.
- “Necessary, appropriate and proportionate” to prevent public disorder after a succession of jihadi attacks in France.
I am a woman of the western world. my style of liberation usually stands with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Christina Aguilera. I find the idea of being able to strip off and embrace one’s own body and show that off is striking. Freedom is sexual expression plus In terms of being nude in terms of opinion, thoughts, feeling and persona, I stand by the sentiment of this too.
My ultimate conclusion on these reasons to me is just an excuse to formulate authority over how a person dresses. It’s just a way of control some people use, who would love to have over the domination of how women wish to be seen. Perhaps the disappointment to some would lie in the actuality that going to be the beach to see women half naked and appearing to see a fully clothed woman is a huge letdown. First some would cry out that women are too naked and should cover up and now they opt for the cover up option suddenly it’s a bit too much for all to take.
For as long as a Muslim women can respect a woman in another religion opting to choose the attire she pleases, women and men of other religions and beliefs also can leave the women who wants the wear the burkini alone. Unless it is causes any harm or raises suspicion to the person it bothers then we must all get on with our burkinis, bikinis and personal businesses.