After dozens of French councils banned abaya swimwear or ‘burkinis‘ on the beach, some being fined for it, the courts overturned the bans but some of the councils said they would continue to ban burkas on the beach in the name of freedom and security. An Italian town mayor banned women in bikinis unless they were beautiful enough to wear them! Meanwhile, Glasgow, lacking a beach, decided to issue an appropriate dress code to councillors in the wake of the killing of MP Jo Cox to ensure their fashion sense didn’t “give rise to misunderstanding”.
Whether women cover up or uncover on the beach, who decides, who offends, how far do we go so as not to offend, and how far to assert our freedoms? And who is behind all these rules? Do we blame religion, men, fashion, advertising, celebrity, beauty, the sex industry?
Come and discuss at our monthly discussion group in the Norwich Library, Tuesday 6th, 6-7pm, optional Pizza Express after.
Some of the articles up for discussion are below:
French Freedom of Expression, Burkas Incompatible?
French PM suggests naked breasts represent France better than a headscarf
Topless Marianne remark by PM Manuel Valls stirs French row
In France, the home of human rights, a grown woman asked my permission to sit on the beach
The Death of the Bikini?
The two-piece used to represent a saucy yet uncontroversial ideal of sex, summer and youth. Now its sales are tanking thanks to a combination of sun-avoidance, fitness, politics and, of course, fashion
The Burkini Ban
Cannes bans burkinis over suspected link to radical Islamism
Burkini ban: First French Muslim women fined for wearing garment on beach in Cannes
French police make woman remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban
France Corsica brawl: Mayor bans burkinis amid tensions
Burkini ban suspended: UN backs court ruling as right-wing politicians pledge to keep ban
French mayors refuse to lift burkini ban despite court ruling
Opposition and Opinion on the Burkini Ban
Banning the burkini is misogynistic – and Western feminists are turning a blind eye
Only warped minds would impose a burkini ban
Any ban on burkinis is “bizarre” and against the principle of women’s equality, the Dutch government said today while dismissing far-right calls for the Netherlands to copy French prohibition of the Islamist beachwear.
“Burkini Ban” Law Restricts What French Muslim Women Can Wear at the Beach
Five reasons to wear a burkini – and not just to annoy the French
What Is The Difference Between A Burkini And A Scuba Diving Suit?
The Quran doesn’t say wear hijab
I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away. The burkini does not symbolise Islam, it symbolises leisure and happiness and fitness and health. So who is better, the Taliban or French politicians?
The Burkini-Bikini False Equivalence and Your Disproportionate Outrage
Over in Italy…
Once upon a time in the 90s, in Italy – No bikini for “ugly” women
Meanwhile in Glasgow…
Councillors told to dress appropriately in safety guidance following killing of MP Jo Cox