Newspaper letter makes very good argument for banning suits instead of burkinis

Aimee Meade
Wednesday 31 August 2016 15:00

You'd think French leaders would take a break from telling women what they should or shouldn't wear after the burkini ban controversy that unravelled last week.

Yet Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, still waded in and suggested that naked breasts are more representative of France than burkinis.

Following the decision of the French high court to overturn the ban, the debate continued at a Socialist Party rally on Monday.

Picture: LinouchePhoto/ iStock

During the meeting, Valls invoked the image of Marianne (a depiction of the Goddess of Liberty and significant republican symbol) and said "Marianne has a naked breast because she is feeding the people! She is not veiled, because she is free! That is the republic!"

However a letter, featured in Tuesday's Guardian, offers an alternative view to this. The writer, Henry Stewart from London, argued that it is men in suits we should be worried about. Men just like Manuel Valls...

Stewart wrote:

No woman in a burqa (or a hijab or a burkini) has ever done me any harm.

Men in suits missold me pensions and endowments, costing me thousands of pounds. A man in a suit led us on a disastrous and illegal war. Men in suits crashed the world economy. Other men in suits then increased the misery to millions through austerity.

If we are to start telling people what to wear, maybe we should ban suits.

Fair point.

More: The cartoon that says everything you need to know about the burkini ban

More: This Muslim woman summed up exactly why the burkini ban is so absurd