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!
— Dawn.com (@dawn_com) 24 August 2016
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?
— Mohammed Ismail (@mohammedzismail) 21 August 2016
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?
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Original content © 2016 Kyla Matton Osborne.
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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.