Europe: Sharia-Compliant Fashion Goes Mainstream

The decision by a British department store to include Sharia-compliant bathing suits in its summer swimwear collection has ignited a debate over the “mainstreaming” of Islamic fashion in Europe.

Marks & Spencer (M&S), the iconic British retail chain, is now marketing the burkini, a full-length swimsuit ostensibly designed to protect the modesty of Muslim women.

Supporters of the move say it “liberates” Muslim women in Europe by giving them the choice to wear whatever they want. Detractors argue the exact opposite: they say the burkini “enslaves” Muslim women, many of whom are facing mounting pressure to submit to Islamic dress codes, even though they are citizens of secular European states.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Start slashing and destroying the merchandise as its on the rack.
    If the enemy is not playing by a set a rules, neither should you!

    • I hope they do.

    • Kathy Prendergast

      Or just loosen the seams so they will fall apart when worn. Kodak moment!

  • Millie_Woods

    This is where we are today. The marriage of business with political correctness. Think of PayPal having a shit-hemorrhage over North Carolina’s bathroom law while doing business in some of the most inhuman countries in the world.

  • Brenda

    I’m more concerned with those attempts to get non-muslim women to wear this crap, like World Hijab Day or the article in Vogue about the D&G abayas, where all the sock-puppet commenters were going ooh! These are so pretty! Can I wear them too, even though I’m not a muslim?
    As if any western woman could actually distinguish between one large piece of black cloth and another, and find them attractive.

  • Brenda

    Here’s the Turkish first lady. A while back on her state trip to the UK, she was being touted as an Islamic fashion icon. This is the kind of stealth propaganda I’m talking about. Who the hell wants to look like an 18th century Quaker farm wife?

    • Sheesh!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      sharia fashion is oxymoronic

    • Gary

      Don’t be fooled, even if she was getting Chemo and lost all her hair she would STILL be forced to wear a head covering.
      The problem is sex-starved muslim males that snap at the first sign of flesh.

      • Will Quest

        Cut her some slack…….. she does have to sleep with her hair-lipped Taryip-yip-yip-yip …….

    • Kathy Prendergast

      Turkey is going seriously backward. It used to be that no female politician there would be caught dead in a hijab, and they were forbidden in many public buildings, including schools. Now they’ve got the Muslim version of the Blue Bonnet Margarine girl as their First Lady; the nuns who taught me back in the 1970s exposed more than that.

  • Editor

    They are free to wear whatever they want but that means, in turn, I’m free to publicly criticize it as retrograde, medieval, stupid and ugly.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    I fail to see the point of swimming in a “burkini” at all; why not just swim in your clothes?