No Burkini Ban For Canada: The Hidden Agenda You Need To Know About

Could Canada’s Prime Minister be looking to mess up a good thing for you? If you enjoy looking at all the babes in bikinis when you go to the beach, then you might take issue with a recent statement the PM made about a proposed burkini ban in the nation.



Politicians in France and Quebec have called for a ban on the burkini, a women’s bathing suit popular among followers of Islam because it ensures full coverage for all parts of the body – even the head. Now, these guys from the French-speaking world may have a good thing going. Because if you start letting women wear “full-cover” swimwear for religious reasons, then where is it going to stop?

If Muslim women in Canada can spurn revealing swimwear for religious reasons, who’s to say that other women across the nation won’t opt for modest swimwear for other reasons? We could have hundreds and thousands of Canadian women covering up to avoid sunburns and to protect against skin cancer.

And what about those pleasantly plump girls who have their curves in all the right places, but feel self-conscious when they go to the beach? There are a lot of guys who enjoy looking at a pretty girl who has a little meat on her, after all. But that’s not going to be much fun if she’s wearing a long-sleeved dress and leggings instead of a bikini – or at least a high-cut one-piece swimsuit that reveals a little cleavage. I mean, leaving something to the imagination is good. But that’s just taking things too far, don’t you think?

The morality police in France have it right: let’s make sure women don’t have the option to dress like prudes at the beach. Maybe Canada needs to start writing up tickets and telling women to remove those full-cover bathing suits too!

 

 

Non-Muslim Women Wear Full-Cover Swimwear Too

With all the world looking at the drama unfolding on the beaches of France, we are finding solid evidence that it’s not just followers of Islam who want to wear the burkini. Burkini sales have risen by 200%, proof of the popularity this downright Medieval swimsuit is enjoying. And the inventor of the bathing suit says that 45% of her customers aren’t even Muslim. Wake up, Canada! Can’t you see the danger here?

 

 

Trudeau on the Burkini Ban

Given his track record for gender equality, you’d think an enlightened politician like Canada’s Justin Trudeau would want to celebrate the female form instead of allowing bathing suits that cover it up in shame. But when asked his opinion about a proposed burkini ban, Trudeau could barely disguise his disdain. There will be no ban on burkinis, the PM announced. Women in Canada will continue to enjoy the right to choose what they wear to the beach – even if that choice is a bathing suit that covers them from head to toe.

While the young men of Canada could soon be mourning the disappearance of bikinis from the nation’s swimming pools and beach fronts, Trudeau defends his stance by saying it’s a matter of respecting individual rights and freedoms. But what woman would really choose a bathing suit that covers almost every inch of her skin? Women need to feel they can wear what they want to the beach, even the most revealing of swimwear. Canada’s women have fought for generations to gain the freedom to wear a bikini – or even to go topless in public. Isn’t the whole trend towards burkinis and other full-cover bathing suits just turning back the clock to the 1950s or before?

 

 

No to a burkini ban in Canada? Could Trudeau have a hidden agenda?


Could a government refusal to ban the burkini lead to disappointment for randy young men at the beach?
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This article is my humble contribution to the burkini debate, in the tradition of Jonathon Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.”
If you can’t recognize the sarcasm and irony, the author apologizes for any perceived insult.

 

 






  • Comments

    1. Profile photo of Pat Z Anthony
      Pat Z Anthony

      It is rather amusing on some levels, isn’t it? There are many areas of the world where men and women stroll practically naked-and that is not illegal. –

      Someone said the purpose of preventing this manner of dressing is to assure all that no one was hiding anything-such as a weapon. Hmmm. At the beach?

      1. Bill Kasman

        Concealed weapons at the beach are a valid concern. On June 25 2015 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack on a beach in the Tunisian town of Sousse. Most were tourists on vacation.

      2. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        Terrorism or other violent acts can just as easily take place on the subway or in a crowded sports venue. Presumably, we aren’t going to be asked to don swimwear to travel on public transit or attend a soccer game, so I think such “explanations” are cop-outs.

        Also, if you notice that the only people being targeted by a burkini ban are dark-skinned WOMEN, it should raise a few eyebrows. Are fair-skinned women not capable of violence? Do men not pose a threat if they come to the beach wearing pants or hoodies? I think it’s pretty clear that safety is NOT the concern here. It’s all about religious intolerance and racial profiling.

      3. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        @ Bill:

        The fact that one (or even several) terrorist acts occurred at the beach is not a valid reason to target only women wearing a very specific style of swimwear. There’s simply no logic in it. A topless woman in a thong could carry a weapon onto the beach in her purse, for heaven’s sake. If the concern is so strong, why not search people and their belongings as they enter the beachfront?

    2. Bill Kasman

      OK, I get the tone of this post but there is a serious issue here and I’m not talking about religious freedom! As Trudeau has alluded to women should have the right to wear whatever they want whenever and wherever they want (subject to common decency). If that means a burka on a beach then I have no quarrel with that neither do I have a problem with a woman wearing a bikini. The point is (as Trudeau has said) that woman should have the choice of what to wear. Passing a law which forbids the wearing of an article of clothing which reveals absolutely nothing of the form beneath is nothing less than bullying! France is wrong, Trudeau is right.
      Those western women who are not obliged by cultural or religious reasons to wear the burka may be doing it for reasons of solidarity with their ‘sisters’ or they may be doing it because they simply do not wish to be ogled or leered at by men who have no respect for women. Kudos to Trudeau for his stance.
      By the way, I don’t believe bikinis are swimwear at all – they are quite simply fashion accessories!

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        @ Bill The article most definitely was intended to be taken as a parody, my friend! I fully support every word of what Trudeau said (in the original French, which has so far not been fully published in English translation.) France is wrong and has been wrong about all this so-called secularization. It’s nothing more than intolerance and religious bigotry. And the fact that many in Quebec support this sort of backward thinking – and even resort to claiming feminist motives when they suggest a burkini ban – is one of the things I truly do not miss about living in Quebec.

        BTW, if you’ve ever seen a picture of a burkini you’ll know it isn’t so different from shorts or yoga pants & a t-shirt, but with a head covering, I doubt many of us would know how to hide firearms or explosives under a bathing suit that’s very much akin to a wetsuit!

    3. Profile photo of Barbara Radisavljevic
      Barbara Radisavljevic

      I only wish there were more choices. I don’t want to completely cover up when swimming, since I would not like to feel all that wet cloth clinging to me. I wish more modest one-piece suits were available with slightly longer bottoms than I normally see. I do think that women should be able to choose their bathing suits. If they are afraid of weapons hiding in the burkini, what’s to prevent women from carrying them in beach bags or picnic baskets? If women want to dress modestly at the beach, it’s fine with me.

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        Exactly what I said about the so-called safety issue, @barbrad!

        As for the modest swimwear, I have the same misgivings about the wet fabric. But I’m told the new lines of modest bathing suits are actually quite comfortable. I have a friend who bought swimsuits for herself and her daughter, and she says they are wonderful to wear. The company she uses has a whole mix ‘n ‘match line with different styles of tops, bottoms, and skirts. Some are full-length skirts or leggings, but there are also shorter options that I imagine would dry faster. I really want to look into it because I’m tired of the standard bathing suit styles. I want to cover up a bit, too.

    4. Profile photo of Gil Camporazo
      Gil Camporazo

      I do respect women to cover all parts of their body in going to the beach. but I love seeing beautiful, curvaceous body of the lady swimming in the beach. What is true to the Muslim world couldn’t be true to others. I remember a line from our world history before. It says “while you are in Rome, do what the Romans do.”

      In our place, wearing bikini by the women is uncommon in the beach. But in a private resort, swimming pool, women are wearing their scanty bikini. And it is really nice to see them. They look lovely and pretty.

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        I agree with you, Gil: sometimes it really can be nice to appreciate a person’s form. We are all human and we were made beautiful. Why not celebrate it? Of course, there ae ways to show respect – whether a woman is wearing a bikini or a burkini! And the same would go for men, too. Whatever a man chooses to wear to the beach, it should be his choice. It’s about comfort on many different levels.

      2. Profile photo of Gil Camporazo
        Gil Camporazo

        Yap! In everything there is a season or the proper or ethical way of what is required. If they don’t know to go with the practice of the trend, they shouldn’t be there.

      3. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        Applying Ecclesiastes to beachwear, how wonderful! And yet you are so right, Gil. To everything, there is a season. And we should all be accorded the right to choose for ourselves what is the most appropriate attire for the occasion. If some are very modest and want to cover up, how can a government say their clothing is offensive or that it’s a form of rebellion? how sad that some people in the world see things this way…

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        @wolfgirl569 I was in shock when I looked at the photos of four armed police standing over this poor woman, forcing her to undress on the beach. It was like watching a gang rape…

    5. Profile photo of Sandy KS
      Sandy KS

      I have no issue with this. As long as the face is not hiding. That way you can tell if it is a man or woman. When I visited a water park in Texas, some woman wore this type of clothing. There face was not showing. When it came to the lazy river, they did not float on an inner tube like most people. Instead they walked the lazy pool.

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        It does seem very odd to us in North America, for a woman to have her face covered in public. But I honestly think it should be a choice. Even if someone wants to wear a niqab or a full burqa.

      2. Profile photo of Sandy KS
        Sandy KS

        I have no issue with the head being covered. I do have an issue with the face being covered. As anywhere I have lived the only time the face is covered is when someone is out commuting a crime.

      3. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        I guess I’m less sensitive to face covering. It’s very common, among the more devout Catholic women to cover their faces entirely during prayer. I’ve also seen veils used in certain types of Pagan worship. And of course, having grown up in Canada during the 70s, I’m very familiar with the sight of children and adults who are so bundled up that you can barely see their eyes!

        So it’s never really bothered me to see a woman wearing either a hijab or a niqab. The only time I can think of that it’s really necessary for a woman to show her face is when she needs to show ID for something, as when voting or getting a driver’s license, etc.

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        Amen to that, @andriaperry! I am very proud that Prime Minister Trudeau spoke out not only in favour of a woman’s choice but also for moving beyond tolerance to celebrating our diversity.

        We really have a fine leader in Justin Trudeau. I wrote the article tongue in cheek, in part because so many of my neighbours here in Western Canada made light of what Trudeau said regarding the burkini ban. They are so quick to jump on him for every little thing, They don’t seem to understand how ugly the situation is in France, nor how things could have escalated in Quebec. I’m glad too, that Premier Couillard rejected the proposed ban as well.

    6. Profile photo of Linda Jenkinson
      Linda Jenkinson

      Well I think the whole thing is disgusting and Canada should also be forcing Muslim (or not) women to strip down to only the bare essentials (or less) at the beach. Full cover is distracting and also attracts unwanted sea gulls to the area. Let’s hope our Prime Minister wakes up to the true reason women are wearing the Burkini–blatant physical identity theft!!

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        Glad I wasn’t drinking coffee while reading that comment! Thanks so much for “getting” the humour, @mmarg, and for adding to the burkini debate 😀

    7. Profile photo of Linda Jenkinson
      Linda Jenkinson

      haha! Great article Kyla! I totally agree with you, but do not agree with women (?) wearing the full burka to a voting facility- as identity is paramount in that situation.

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        Much agreed. Lin. Although I have no problem with a woman wearing a burqa or niqab to the voting place, I would expect her to remove her veil for a female polling clerk or other elections official. The law in Canada says all voters must remove face coverings in order to vote.

        My oldest was a polling clerk during the last federal election and she says there were a number of people who arrived in costume, as it was just before Halloween and there were folks who wanted to make a statement about all the flap over veiled voters. All of the costumed folks were happy to remove their head coverings and masks so their identities could be verified. And that’s all we should really be concerned about 🙂

    8. Profile photo of
      Peter Streep

      I was really shocked when I read the article about the police arresting a women in France who wore a burkini. On moral grounds!!!
      Get real, the bikini was a disgrace 60 ago, to much skin, it wasn’t a proper bathing suit. And today to less skin is not proper… No it’s a simple anti-muslim and xenophobic action in disguise.
      I’m a huge fan of startrek, and one of the reasons is because there is so much tolerance for other cultures in the series. If only this was true in the real world. It saddens me to see the newspaper headlines and hate speeches of politicians all over the globe.
      I’m not religious but I think everybody should have the right to wear what they want, also on the beach, or should a orthodox Jew remove his yarmulke too?

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        I quite agree with you , Peter. And actually, I think that in France they can also force people to wear religious symbols hidden under their clothes and can ask a man to remove a yarmulke. It’s offensive that they created a law to justify this. I believe “Uncle Gene” must be rolling over in his grave, right about now….

    9. Profile photo of
      Jacky Hughes

      I wonder where I would stand. I do wear a swimsuit on the beach, but these days tend to cover up with a sarong as well and wear a hat and sunglasses. I am going to France next week and seriously wonder if I will be arrested if I also cover my hair with a swimming hat.

      I cannot see what difference it makes to anything what people wear on the beach. I mean, if you wore a long jumper, a long skirt and a hat and wellington boots anywhere you would be covered up.

      That said, I do think the full Muslim headgear as it were should not be worn in schools or at work or in court. Nor do I think people should be forced to wear it and while living in a Muslim country found it really silly that the women looking at things in the shops had to remove their protection in order to see what they were buying.

      There is much I object to in Islam, but the swimwear is not one of them.

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

        @jackalyn It would seem that fair-skinned women who were covered up on the same beaches were not bothered by the police and that the woman featured in the viral photos was not even wearing a burkini. It looked like a fairly secular head-covering (something practical, at the beach) and a light cotton blouse and yoga pants. No part of what she was wearing even looked like the burkinis that are manufactured for sport and swimming. But she was accosted by police because of the colour of her skin and because they had fined her in the past for wearing similar outfits (yoga pants) to the beach when she was there for a family stroll (not to swim.)

        Good luck in France! I hope you and all the other women can enjoy the beaches wearing whatever feels right for you 🙂

    10. Profile photo of Treathyl FOX
      Treathyl FOX

      The history of fashion is so funny! Besides covering up as a show of modesty and/or a declaration of one’s religious beliefs, a long time ago didn’t the bathing suits for men and women cover up a lot anyway? I watched “Murdoch Mysteries”, a popular Canadian TV show. I remember a scene where they were on the beach, wearing those black bathing suits that almost look like sailor outfits. Of course, times have changed, terrorism has everybody on edge and has everybody looking at Muslims with a wary eye, and the reactions against the women wearing the “burkini” is not really about what they’re wearing at all.

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