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Burkini Ban Divides France

Plus de vingt villes balnéaires françaises—dont Cannes et Nice—ont déjà interdit sur leurs plages le port du burkini, un costume de bain intégral destinée aux femmes musulmanes.

Cette décision, écrit l’éditorialiste du Washington Post Kathleen Parker, ne fait que stigmatiser d’avantage la communauté musulmane et entretient le climat de xénophobie. Par ailleurs, poursuit-elle, l’interdiction du burkini est un moyen supplémentaire pour les hommes de contrôler la manière dont s’habillent les femmes sur la plage. “C’est réellement choquant que les femmes soient le sujet de tant d’agression. Et pire, que ce soit les hommes qui se disputent au sujet de ce que les femmes devraient faire de leur corps.”

La journaliste américaine montre que cette volonté de contrôler la mode féminine n’est pas un phénomène récent. “En 1921 à Atlantic City, les femmes devaient porter des bas remontés jusqu’aux genoux, en plus de leurs maillots de bain”, explique-t-elle. Pour ne pas avoir respecté cette règle, “une femme courageuse, la romancière Louise Rosine, est allée en prison”.

A lire via le Washington Post.

  • It is SO Much more complicated than “men trying to tell woman what to wear!” How stupid! I am an American, born here raised, I have a varied, and mixed heritage, however much “American” I am, I am ashamed of this article written in the Washington Post! With all the horror in France caused by an ethnic group that causes so much trouble wherever it travels The Washington Post has no right to criticize laws put in place to limit or mitigate problems for peaceful, and I might add open hearted citizens. We have not endured their terrors, and have no business saying something so ignorant as this article is trying to blame it onto.

  • I find it hard to believe these laws are written for “peaceful,…open hearted citizens”. Rather they seem to protect the aggressive actions of those intolerant of personal choice and the religious beliefs of a minority of French citizens. I see the burkini as the black student sitting at Woolworth’s dinette. The action alone is causing no harm. It’s the viewer’s interpretation that is benign, seditious, or curious. Even the seditious perception of another’s garment is peaceful until the viewer responds in a disrespectful manner or takes action to further protect their version of what is appropriate. Yes, some extremists following Islamic beliefs have committed terrorist attacks and others are peaceful, observers of their religious beliefs. We should judge them by their actions and understand most actions will be somewhere in between wholly peaceful or terroristic, as are the normal daily activities we all undertake. And with concerns about skin cancer and toxins in skin care products, can we be as understanding of people who chose to cover-up at the beach as we can of the 200 lb, 60-yr old male in a speedo?
    We should also understand that a secular society ceases to be secular when it becomes concerned about religious matters. France crossed that line when it chose to regulate women’s religious-inspired dress in its efforts to prevent domestic abuse and violence rather than other approaches that support women’s welfare. If we want to promote self-determination for Muslim women, we should cite ‘Ā’isha b. Abī Bakr (d. 678) who promoted women’s participation in scholarship, political life, and the public sphere.

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