Traditional clothing versus global fashion:

 

- Should Europe tolerate or ban the burqa and other face-coverings?

- Bikini versus burkini: a clash of values or two different statements of fashion in an open society?

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Intolerance comes from a lack of assimilation. Once you meet people listen to their experiences and the values behind their beliefs you see them as human. Every Muslim woman I've met who wears a hijab or a burqa does so, yes for religious reasons but also to reflect their feminist values. But indeed before I met these women, before I left my little world I couldn't know this to be true. Our governments highlight the extremes of Islam but rarely the extremes of nationalism and conservatism. By banning the burqa you are banning religious expression; which would then be needed to parallel across all religious expression. All major religions have some concept of modesty, Christianity, Judaism are no different. The concept of modesty is indeed questionable, unconsciously pushing the aims of the patriarchy creating a sense of 'us and them'. The reason it is a highlighted constantly across the Muslim faith is the fear of 'the other' a fear peddled by neo-liberal European governments who don't see their lack of diversity, their foreign interventionism and economic prioritization as a possible root cause for extremism and hatred when individuals are so often left behind whodon't fit the bill of white, straight and male. We live in a world where identity politics is labelled as pettiness rather than us trying to see the importance of recognizing the individual and how we are different through an intersectional approach.
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Banning the burqa would be like banning the cross. The burqa is a religious piece of clothing, and banning it would not be fair. We need to be welcoming of all religions and therefore we can not ban the burqini.
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To ban the Burqa and burkini is not secular therefore should not be implemented as a law. Banning the Burqa and burkini (which are said to be traditional religious garnments) is like banning the cross or another religious garnment or jewelry. It is not secular nor is it right. We must be a continent that stays secular, open, united and welcoming of all cultures.
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The debate here revolves around freedom of choice, imposing to wear or forbiding to wear some types of cloth. Does muslim women are forced to wear these outfit against their will ? The answer is generally not, contrary to the common belief. How can we make this safe affirmation? Because islam is not a religion of coercion but rather a religion of own will devotness as stated in the following verse: (2:256) "There is no compulsion in religion" (Arabic: la ikraha fi'd-din) This controversy emerge from a misunderstanding, an image of contradiction of the freedom of choice ideal, a core value of the EU. But irronicaly by endorsing this polemic some are doing the exact contrary of what they are allegedly standing for, namely defending the freedom of choice by forbiding these women to choose.
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The Burqa is in my opinion a symbol of oppression and a symbol of the salifistic islam. Dont forget that before the Islamic revolution in Iran nobody wore Burqas and not even Hijabs while it still was a Islamic country. On the other hand, the liberal inside of me says that people should be able to wear what they want. Banning the Burqini is idiotic in my opinion. Some European women wear bathing suits/wet suits while swimming and its almost the same.
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In my opinion, the common project of all Europeans is freedom, which means choosing your own religion but also choosing your own clothes, and muslim women do not have a choice when being raised in Islam. Stop imposition. Respect choice above all.
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Banning burqoa and burkini might lead to discrimination. If women feel more secure and free wearing it, then let them do it. We need to respect everyone and do not forbid people to wear what they want.
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As long as we are discussing the clothes of women, not of all gender, it is the wrong question and something wrong in society and Europe.
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It's not about a dress code, it's about freedom. Globalisation and social medias have always taken the images of different girls in the eastern countries. Oriental women, especially in the globalised era, are seeing how different are life conditions for them: then, a simple protest against burkini is sometimes the synonymous of an objection against the misoginous rules they have to follow in their daily lives. So if people are really open-minded as they prattle on socials, they must let girls choose on their own. Their bodies, their rules: it's up to them to decide about their own dress code.

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If they choose the wear a burqa, they should be allowed to do so. If they want to wear a burkini then they can wear it. If they re forced to wear it, then it is not OK. This isn't a religious freedom issue, it's an issue of personal freedoms. No state should be able to tell me what to wear on my free time. But! If you work for the state or a company and they don't allow it at customer service related jobs, then you should follow the dress codes at work.
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