Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beach Burkini Bigoted Balderdash

This is a load of shit. Rudy Salles, the deputy mayor of Nice just made himself look like a colossal ass by insisting  that he's fighting for freedom for women and that wearing anything other than a swim suit on a beach is immoral and threatening to France's security.

You stupid, ignorant, petulant pile of rubbish, what will you do to women who are concerned about skin cancer, or who have scars they don't want to expose to the sun, or as Razia Iqbal pointed out, nuns who do, in fact, go to the beach?

What about people who are just out for a jog or walk? Can you still go to the beach in the winter, or are you going to be required to get hypothermia?

When I used to live at the coast and worked at Holden, Sunset, and Wrightsville Beaches, I used to see Mennonite families on the strand fairly regularly. Mennonite women and girls trek right out into the water in their traditional clothes and have a blast swimming and body boarding. I have to wonder if they would also be forced to leave the beach for not showing enough T & A.

The law is bad enough, but I think the worst of it is the public reaction noted in the reports:

"A witness to the scene, Mathilde Cousin, confirmed the incident. “The saddest thing was that people were shouting ‘go home’, some were applauding the police,” she said."

According to the accounts I've read thus far, this woman Siam is a French citizen. Where are her rights? If there's a claim of defending the freedom of women, why aren't they defending their female citizens' right to dress as they please instead of demanding that they get to see plenty of skin? Not that long ago historically speaking, women were run off the beach as indecent and immoral for not wearing something that covered up arms and legs. I get it that France has been through the wringer with terrorist attacks, but this is a shoddy, petty way to respond. It does nothing to increase public safety and everything to further ostracize and alienate people. 

So it seems France has a beach trash problem, but women who wear more than a string bikini ain't it.

UPDATE 9/1/16: as of August 26, France's national level administrative court suspended the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet, stating that it "seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms". A proceeding to rule on all such bans is in the works. Thank you to all concerned there. Here's to more rational, nuanced thinking prevailing over ill-considered kneejerking off.

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