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British Woman Detained for Wearing Bikini, Britons Call for Burqa Ban

Totally normal

In a strange turn of events, a British woman visiting (or living in, it isn’t clear from the media coverage) Dubai decided to strip down to a bikini after an Emirati woman chided her for showing too much cleavage.

Ignoring the fact that strutting around the mall in a bikini is not a normal thing to do anywhere, this has inspired calls from Britons to ban the burqa in their country.  Why?  Because, as one commenter states, “We can’t go to islamic [sic] countries and dress as we wish, but they can come here and wear those burkhas [sic] and we have to grin and bear it.” Note the comment’s high rating; it’s been upvoted by no fewer than 3,000 visitors.  At the same time, if you check the most downvoted comments, all are in defense of the UAE’s ruling.  Not being British myself, I don’t know if that’s a reflection on the British populace or just the Mail‘s readers.

Meanwhile, the crazies are calling it “courageous”.

Ah yes, because contributing to your own objectification while simultaneously flouting local laws and offending the local populace is the true meaning of courage.

No word on whether or not the bikini-wearer was hot.

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40 Responses to “British Woman Detained for Wearing Bikini, Britons Call for Burqa Ban”

  1. Three-quarters of non-Muslims in the UK believe Islam is negative for Britain. But Daily Mail readers are probably particularly intolerant.

    Posted by Benjamin Geer | August 6, 2010, 11:11 am
  2. I can follow the logic perfectly: why that intolerance against the body, why that repression of nature? If you believe in a creator god, then why to hide “his” creation under man-made clothes?

    I’m solidarious with Palestine, Iraq, West Sahara, the Berbers, the Kurds and the Chechens… but is illogical to pretend that some medieval religious prejudice should prevail, be it Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu or whatever. Religions are a scam: all them equally.

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    Posted by Maju | August 6, 2010, 11:15 am
  3. Dear Maju, when running around naked, we go back long way before the Middle Ages and even then, the more status one had in society, the more man-made clothes and ornaments he wore 😉

    Posted by Billeke | August 6, 2010, 11:42 am
  4. No comment on the ridiculousness of telling off an apparent stranger in a public place for "showing too much cleavage"? I can imagine how the frustration caused by this claustrophobic sanctimony would eoncourage some form of reactionary behaviour. Sure, like stripping down to one's bikini is not the most mature way of dealing with this idiocy but why are those two mounds of female flesh so villified in the first place?

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  9. I don't agree with what that woman did. You know the saying "When in Rome…". What gives us the right to judge other cultures and try to change them. No one is coming to the west and telling us what to do. We shouldn't do it either.

    Posted by nana | March 19, 2014, 6:25 am
  10. We can't settle differences between cultures and we shouldn't be trying to. Instead, we should accept everyone as is. We all think about ourselves as being right….maybe we're strange too!

    Posted by sfat | March 26, 2014, 5:32 am
  11. I don't see the logic in that woman's mind. What she did was just stupid

    Posted by irina | March 31, 2014, 7:03 am
  12. What that woman did was not okay. You can;'t go to another country and completely disregard their culture and habits

    Posted by adelina | April 1, 2014, 4:46 am
  13. if you're going to protest against something, then at least do it in a way that makes sense. get your facts straight too

    Posted by crina | April 2, 2014, 7:39 am
  14. That was a bad thing to do. People need to understand that certain countries have their own culture and you can't just walk all over it because you come from the USA.

    Posted by sam | April 11, 2014, 3:20 am
  15. You simply can't ban an item of clothing… it's stupid and just goes to show once again how uptight britons are

    Posted by kim | April 11, 2014, 6:45 am
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