Photos of at least four armed police men forcing a woman who was wearing a burkini to strip it off in Nice, went viral on Tuesday.
Her ticket read that she was not wearing “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”. Authorities in several French towns have implemented bans on the Burkini, which covers the body and head, citing security concerns in the wake of the Bastille Day lorry attack.
Political discourse has shifted once more, where Muslim women are bear the brunt of power games.
For a long time now, Muslim women have been seen as ‘oppressed’ by their men and ‘backward’ religion, helpless victims in desperate need of western liberation. This was the discourse to legitimise the ‘war on terror’ on moral grounds.
However, back in European countries, the anti-veiling laws enacted in schools across France and burqa bans in public places added another dimension to Muslim women, they were now a security threat.
The ban was upheld in Nice tribunal on Monday that and was “necessary, appropriate and proportionate” to prevent public disorder after several attacks on French soil.
Apparently, the burkini is “liable to offend the religious convictions or (religious) non-convictions of other users of the beach,” and “be felt as a defiance or a provocation exacerbating [community] tensions.”
The local mayor Ange-Pierre Vivoni, apparently a socialist, originally banned the garments, describing the move necessary to “protect the population”.
Let’s just think about that for a moment…
Banning a swimming costume to “protect” whom exactly?
Let’s just have a look at twitter peeps dissecting these ideas…
1. Ideological extremities are of the same herd
2. A burkini is acceptable on a white man, I believe it’s called a wetsuit
3. Men like to control what women wear, like women are the moral definitions of your society
4. It’s okay to be a covered woman, if you’re a nun (because you’re obviously secular)
5. Again, men can wear what they want, like man thongs. – I wonder what would happen if Borat turned up in Cannes?
6. This headline should be legit
7. Places that have police who fine women based on what they’re wearing