Aug 25, 2016

Is Cannes’ burkini ban so different from Bondi’s bikini one?

Parts of France have banned the modest Muslim swimming costume known as the "burkini". Is forcing women to disrobe in public really the way to stop radical Islam? Lawyer and author Michael Bradley looks at parallels to Bondi's infamous bikini ban in the 1950s.

A woman wearing a burkini

“I have noticed that the girls who wear sensible one-piece costumes are full of sound sense.” — Bondi Life Guard, 1956.


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11 thoughts on “Is Cannes’ burkini ban so different from Bondi’s bikini one?

  1. CML

    What a lot of hogwash!
    France is a secular country…and Australia is supposed to be. I would be the last person in this country to have anything in common with the likes of Hanson and co, but as an atheist, the displaying of ‘religious’ clothing, trinkets etc. by ANYONE, grossly offends me.
    The covering of faces by women for any reason demeans the individual and makes them into a ‘non-person’…we should not encourage such behaviour in this country. You can talk about a person’s ‘right’ to wear what they like, but only the truly indoctrinated would see this as anything else but gross misogyny.
    If you have an argument against this…could you please explain why MEN don’t have to cover their faces???

    1. Robert Beverley

      So individual choice is only acceptable when it aligns with your personal ideology? Sounds like religious dogma to me.

      1. CML

        I didn’t say that…just answer the question!!!
        And while you are at it, why is ‘religion’ allowed to impinge on the law and culture of a SECULAR country?
        Spare me from your accusation of ‘religious dogma’…I thoroughly dislike ALL religions and the damage they cause to people and nations all over the planet.
        They can all carry on with their fairies at the bottom of the garden nonsense in private, and leave the rest of us in peace!!

      2. AR

        Freedom of religion is a western concept which is anathema in islam.
        It now needs to be updated to freedom FROM religion.
        Religiously deluded people should keep their manias private and certainly NOT be allowed to inculcate children.

    2. Woopwoop

      Irrelevant. This article is about the burkini, which doesn’t cover the face.

  2. [email protected]

    At the tender age of 66, I have seen a lifetime of people telling me what to wear and enforcing dress restrictions .. with a modicum of modesty, people should be able to be inappropriate, embarrasing to themselves and/or should be allowed to express who they are by their appearance. I too am an athiest .. but I have to live and socialise with many friends of various beliefs.. (I understand their need to believe in something and I appreciate their friendships) .. perhaps we should ban Goth Attire and Cyclists in Lycra adorning our cafe’s.

  3. [email protected]

    also, what about all those orthodox Jewish people I keep running into .. with their wierd black suits, hats and beards .. and lets insist that Sikhs cut their hair .. this could drag on all night (oh .. drag queens); not to mention camel toe .. the French have lost the plot.

  4. AR

    Anyone want an ambulance chaser? Apply to author.
    To attempt to equate Bondi with burqas is as perfect an example of the amorality of shysters as could be imagined.
    The point was that the bikini ban failed because free people thought it irrelevant.
    The burqa ban is entirely different – the deliberate confrontation by an irrational, totalitarian theocracy of the 21stC should be resisted by everyone who chooses to think for themselves.
    Does anyone seriously think that this criis du jour was NOT a carefully prepared publicity stunt?
    If so, I have a couple of bridges to sell, cheep-cheep coz you my special friend.

    1. CML

      Second last sentence…right on, AR!
      7.30 I noted in passing fell for it…did a segment on the Australian designer and producer of the offending garment, in an effort to justify her troublesome innovation!!

  5. Kevin_T

    Quote: “The burkini ban is a temporary law, justified by the desirability of reducing social tensions ….”

    Actually, in that series of photo’s of the French police officers, the victimised woman, and other people visible on the beach, you can pretty much pinpoint the cause and heightening of social tensions in that particular action.

    The other beach-goers don’t really appear to have been concerned about the woman lying on the beach wearing what she chose to wear on that day. The heavy handed approach on the other hand, has to have caused tensions….

  6. Iain MacPhail

    Slow down a minute, there. France has a self-image issue. There’s an underlay in place even before we start to think ‘Muslim’. Here’s part of a recent letter from France:
    ‘You will be amused to know that I was kicked out of a public swimming pool because I was wearing Australian board-short style swimmers … various others of both sexes were in the skimpiest of bikinis and speedos which left nothing to the imagination.’

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