As a light-skinned woman, who is not Muslim, I am perturbed by the recent ban of certain beachwear known as the burkini.  Eleven French cities have banned the garment and fined women for wearing it.

Yahoo Canada posted an article with a caption:  “”Just let this sink in. Men with guns forcing a women to undress, with the weight of the law behind them.”

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/burkini-ban-outrage-builds-businessman-013000167.html

A woman was forced, by a police officer to remove her burkini:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/french-police-order-woman-remove-burkini-nice-beach-1577688

The woman, a former air hostess from Toulouse, identified by only her first name Siam, said, “I was sitting on a beach with my family. I was wearing a classic headscarf. I had no intention of swimming.” She said her family have been citizens of France for three generations and added: “Today we are not allowed on the beach. Tomorrow, the street? Tomorrow, we’ll be forbidden from practicing our religion at all?” ‘m in the country of human rights. I see no trace of the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity. I am outraged that this could happen in France.”

A journalist from France 4 TV channel, Mathilde Cousin, who was a witness to the incident on the Cannes beach, said: “I saw three police officers watching the beach. One of them had his finger on the trigger of his tear gas device, no doubt containing pepper.”

She added: “The saddest thing was that people were shouting ‘go home’, some were applauding the police. Her daughter was crying.”

And this is legal!?!

This is a very scary precedent to be setting.  Who is it for anyone to dictate what someone wears? Especially to the beach? Where does it end?  I am a larger sized woman and if I decide to wear a t-shirt over my swim suit because I am self-conscious, will this be allowed?

On a positive note, there is a businessman, of Algerian descent, who has started paying fines for women who have violated this ban:

https://ca.style.yahoo.com/burquinis-000000512.html

I’d like to see more people stand up and say that this type of treatment is unacceptable; not matter what race, religion or colour you are – you have the right to wear what you want, where you want.

I’m glad this has raised an uproar:

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/burkinigate-uproar-france-pictures-emerge-110137081.html

This is, to me, a violation of human rights.  Here in Canada, the Canadian government tried to impose a ban on the niqab which was struck down by the courts:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/20/niqab-supreme-court-ruling-canada_n_2335841.html

And then you have the double standards women face:

https://ca.style.yahoo.com/these-two-images-show-the-ridiculous-double-standards-women-face-when-it-comes-to-swimwear-2-195943747.html

And, at the very opposite end of the spectrum, you have this article where some young Olympian women are being unwantingly gazed at in their bikinis:

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/style/simone-biles-fierce-beach-photo-214500417.html

Seems to me that women are f—ed if they cover up and f—ed if they don’t cover up.  Make up your minds people.

 

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