Burkini, Bikini, Burqa, Bur-huh?
It saddens me to know that today the ‘burq-kini’ has been banned in France of all places. Little did I know that the covering of someone’s face or body in this case would intimidate someone so much one day that stripping in public was the way to eradicate this fear.
From going to a time where the length of a woman’s bathing suit was measured to ensure she was covering up, to a time where choosing to cover is now a crime – bewilders me. Women have been oppressed throughout time, but this doesn’t and shouldn’t mean covering up is oppression but solely the individual woman’s choice. It is only when we are forcefully told what we can or cannot do is when people have said too much and the oppression of the woman has once again, begun.
Right from male-lead democracies or dictatorships, even today the number of female MP’s fall short next to men. Laws created do not even include the input of the citizens coming from different walks of life let alone women. It is ridiculous that a woman who was wearing leggings and a 3/4-sleeved top was made to strip and remove her clothing to put the police and government of France at peace. But by the same token with too much removed, our bodies are blurred in the media – Oppression.
Back to France. A country which stood up to being wronged by an over dictating bourgeoisie, who fought for their rights, who began a life changing revolution, who stand up for their freedom till this date are now telling a woman whose faith allegedly links to some disgusting terrorists (I say allegedly as those terrorists are inhumane with no morals or sense and therefore could never stand for a religion, let alone Islam *pshtt*) to strip because covering her body is a threat. Not allowing that women to be free in her country, with her people is what has saddens me and has made France fall in my eyes. Out of every country, not once would I have expected the French to have stripped this woman from her freedom… but maybe I should have seen it coming with the banning of the hijab in certain places?
Women of the world, we need to keep fighting and together, because if our love for each other and each others’ freedom isn’t apparent no one else will fight our battles. You’ve seen the suffragettes fight one not too long ago, our time is now. INCLUSIVE feminism please.
Thierry Migoule, head of municipal services for the town, sought to clarify the ruling’s intent. “We are not talking about banning the wearing of religious symbols on the beach … but ostentatious clothing which refers to an allegiance to terrorist movements which are at war with us,” he said.
WOW. Did man actually just say that?
The fact that such ‘leaders’ (*coughcoughtrumpcoughcough*) are not even educated enough to understand the fact that; firstly, these terrorists stand against everything in Islam, secondly, this woman was around and practicing her religion before ISIS and lastly, when was the last time a nun was stopped from the beach because the way she dresses is very similar to how a hijabi muslim may wish to dress and how many do – is exactly what makes them not fit to lead. May I bring up that Le Pen was out to ban all religious clothing, namely anything ‘muslim’. Did the strict conservative catholic forget that women in the church, catholic women in the church, are required to cover their head or was she going to leave a sort of loop-hole for her squad? Just curious…
This is all just petty and stupid if I may say. Dictating what a woman can or cannot do makes you her oppressor and France just shot up in that list. Not only is this a fight for inclusivity, it is for justice for equity. You can’t set out on a mission to make everyone in your country look the same, differences are beautiful and should be celebrated. Can we schedule this in for the next battle of feminism?