Dress and undress
Today we are seeing a return of the discussion on women’s clothing.
The Muslim outfits for women who want to go swimming in the Med off France’s shores have ignited a general firestorm of comment on foreign and national television stations.
The ones who want to ban the “burkini” and total body cover -up for females over the age of 12 claims that it is a male dominated cultural position.
The defenders who are sometimes women Muslims claim that they should be able to choose what they wear without government regulation.
To have equal treatment in this manner, any Muslim country should allow any Western woman the right to wear a bikini on their beaches.
Then they could say that they have no regulation of what a female wears, and that if the Muslim women want to cover up in their own country, then that is a matter of choice and not rule.
The cause for banning the cover up in Western countries is that there is a double standard.
Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and The Emirates all require the female to cover hair and body with voluminous scarves and robes, no matter the temperature or health of the wearer.
I have seen a woman ( I hope it was a woman) getting on a bus in Western state New York and she was not only wearing a head scarf, but a face mask that allowed her to see through a net over her eyes.
I cannot imagine the discomfort and hazard of wearing that get up around America!
This total control over women in the form of imprisoning their bodies in uncomfortable clothing does not remain a Muslim custom.
Just think of the wigs that Jewish women used to wear after they shaved their scalps according to men’s rule in their religion.
Think of the long sleeved dresses and hair of the Fundamental LDS sects in Utah and the Intermountain states.
Think of the Amish dull and dowdy dress styles and ridiculous bonnets for women. Religious garb for men and women such as priests and nuns are to identify them as belonging to a particular religion, and the wearing of same is voluntary.
The burka and total body cover up while in a sport situation is not religious choice, but a totalitarian mandate for all women under the men’s control.