In the year 2016, women are still being told what they can and cannot wear on the beach.
Photographs have surfaced of armed French police officers making a woman on a beach remove some of her clothing as part of a controversial ban on the burkini.
The garment was designed as a clothing option for Muslim women to be more active while still protecting their modesty (see above).
But in recent days, officials in several coastal French towns have banned the body and head covering in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the country.
The photos, taken on Tuesday in Nice, show at least four officers standing over a woman who was resting on the beach, and shortly after appeared to remove her long-sleeved tunic (AKA, NOT actually a burkini).
This enforcement comes as a mother-of-two revealed on Tuesday how she was fined on the beach near Cannes wearing leggings, a tunic and a headscarf — and received a ticket for not wearing “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism.”
Oh, so France actually time traveled back to the 1900s, then??
Last week, Nice became the latest French resort to ban the garment, citing how it “overtly manifests adherence to a religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks.”
Aheda Zanetti, creator and manufacturer of the burkini, commented on the regressive nature of France’s ban in an Op-Ed for The Guardian, writing:
“This negativity that is happening now and what is happening in France makes me so sad. I hope it’s not because of racism. I think they have misunderstood a garment that is so positive it symbolises leisure and happiness and fun and fitness and health and now they are demanding women get off the beach and back into their kitchens? [The burkini] has given women freedom, and they want to take that freedom away? So who is better, the Taliban or French politicians? They are as bad as each other.”
Click HERE to see the repugnant photos for yourself, and check out tweets from vocal opposers of the ban (below)!
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[Image via Pacific Coast News Online.]