Three French Mediterranean towns have banned the garment on beaches this summer, citing security concerns after a season marred by deadly extremist attacks. Critics say the bans are discriminatory and could inflame religious and social tensions.
Many also see the bans as sexist, decrees from male mayors telling women what they can and can’t wear.
However much of the French political class, from the left to the far right, is opining the opposite — that burkinis oppress women, and therefore have no place in a country whose has no problem with any women who want to dress in skimpy bikinis that leave very little to the imagination.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls who has repeatedly and openly expressed his anger towards Muslims, said in an interview published Wednesday in the La Provence newspaper that the swimwear represents a “provocation” and an “archaic vision” that women are “immodest, impure and that they should therefore be totally covered. That is not compatible with the values of France.”
“In the face of provocation, the nation must defend itself,” Valls said.
The government’s women’s affairs minister, Laurence Rossignol, claims that the burkini is a hideous monstrosity of a bathing suit that no woman in her right mind would want to wear.
“The burkini is . . . a particular vision particular of the place of the woman. It cannot be considered only as a question of fashion or individual liberty,” Rossignol said on Europe-1 radio.
However, Valls said he’s not in favor of a national law against burkinis.
“I support those who have taken measures. They are motivated by the will to encourage social unity,” he told La Provence, adding, “I don’t think we should legislate the issue. General rules on clothing restrictions cannot be a solution.”
French laws banning face-covering veils in public and headscarves in schools — based on the widely held view that they violate French secularism and oppress women — have alienated many among France’s 5 million Muslims. Violent extremists have also cited the bans as one of their justifications for targeting France.
Valls called for calm in Corsica, where a clash broke out over the weekend between local residents and bathers of North African origin. Some reports said it started because a young man took a photo of a woman in a burkini, though the exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear.
Rim-Sarah Alouane, a researcher at the University of Toulouse who has written on Muslim and women’s issues, vigorously disagrees.
“Women’s rights imply the right for a woman to cover up,” Alouane, an asinine Muslim born and raised in France, said.
The burkini “was created by Western Muslim women who wanted to conciliate their faith and desire to dress modestly with recreational activities. What is more French than sitting on a beach in the sand?” she asked. “Here we are telling Muslims that no matter what you do even we don’t want you here.”
Personally, the idea of the government telling me what I can wear at the beach angers me to no end. If want to lay out on the beach, covered from head to toe, that should be my prerogative.
Additionally, for those times I am feeling like a patch over my nipples, vagina and anus are adequate, the government, regardless of what country you live in, should not be able to tell anyone how they should dress.
I love bacon. I would eat bacon every morning with my breakfast, if it did not disagree with my hips and posterior.
I don’t look down on anyone who does not eat pork because they believe it is a sin against God. Additionally, I don’t try to impose my belief that God has no problem with my eating pork, to those who disagree.
Muslim people need to understand that we all live in this world. I don’t criticize their religious beliefs and therefore they have no right to criticize mine.
If a woman wants to wear a burkini at the beach, I laud her for her faith in what she believes God commands of her. No government should interfere with her beliefs about what she eats and wears.
In similar fashion, all Muslims should give those who oppose their beliefs the similar respect of those who don’t try to impose their beliefs upon them.
Shame on you France. This is Brenda Corpian, who does not mind showing some bare ass occasionally, reporting.