Last summer, feminists defended the burkini. Will they now defend the bikini?

Why we fight.

If there was a buzzword from last summer then it was surely ‘burkini’. The media got its swimsuit in a twist over France’s decision to ban the Islamic garment from its beaches. Slow-witted Anglophone columnists – many of whom have a curious predilection for insulting the French – lapped it up and enthusiastically portrayed Islam as the victim of Gallic oppression.

Those trusty custodians of liberal values, the Guardian and the New York Times, got particularly worked up, the former declaring in an editorial that ‘women’s right to dress as they feel comfortable and fitting should be defended against those coercing them into either covering or uncovering.’ The New York Times quoted Marwan Muhammad, executive director of the Collective Against Islamophobia (an organisation which Gilles Kepel, France’s foremost expert on Islamism, has claimed is intended to create a ‘strategy of conquest’ within France). He said the appearance of the burkini was ‘good news’. ‘It means Muslim women who didn’t use to enjoy that day at the beach or at the pool are now taking part, they are socialising.’

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  • Martin B

    They can socialize in Mecca.

  • deplorabledave

    the Guardian and the New York Times, got particularly worked up, the former declaring in an editorial that ‘women’s right to dress as they feel comfortable and fitting should be defended against those coercing them into either covering or uncovering.’

    cognitive dissonance raises its ugly head

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Maybe the problem here is that bikinis are Israeli things.
    https://instagram.com/p/BKqhzVaAHKy/

  • vwVwwVwv

    I would defend them bikinis with my bear hands and what is inside to.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Again, don’t care. Women complaining about stupid shit. Stop the presses

  • simus1

    My scorecard is 8 certainties and 2 maybeties.

  • Clausewitz
  • Yes, this is why we fight.

  • Barrington Minge

    Well I know which style I prefer.. and strangely (unlike yer mooslim) it does not immediately make me want to rape someone. Must be a cultural thing!!