by Anastasia Maniglio
M&S supermarket in London has been accused to enslave women, because of its choice to sell a sort of burqa, but for the seaside.
It means a suit that covers all the female body but the face. The only difference from the famous full veil is that “burkini” (fusion of “burqa” and “bikini”) is tight and does not hide mouth, nose and cheeks (a “facekini” already exists, though).
Muslim women in some countries like Iran or Saudi Arabia are obligated to choose a beach just for them, without being in the same of men and, in some cases, also not to wear tight suits even to swim.
To be honest, not all the Muslim countries (and not all the Muslim women!) have such a strict rules or way of living, expecially referring to Middle Eastern people who moved to (or at least have been for some periods in) “Western” towns, or live their religion in a less traditional way (tradition and faith are too much related to each other to decipher the borders and what is a prohibition by the first or the second).
Interviewed about these accusations to M&S, Sarah Muller, 28, Muslim who usually wears burqa, said: “It’s our choice. Let’s stop saying we’re not free.” She added: “I’d rather prefer not to go to the beach at all, but respect who does, who wears burkini and who does not.”
Giulia Serafino, 54, converted into Islam, admits: “I’m trying to do my best to wear hijab in my everyday life, but it’s difficult for me. I envy who can bear burkini without suffering from the heat.” She has converted only few months ago.
What do you wear to swim?