The burkini makes it to Amasra

We believe this bikini for modest women was invented in Amsterdam a few years ago. They are just starting to make their way into Turkish beaches (pictured here in Amasra).

 

Some French mayor got very upset about this and banned a woman from a local public pool last week for wearing a burkini.

 

I can't help there is a degree of Islamophobia here, especially when I look at how western European women approached the sea a century (or less) ago...

  • Elián 6y

    This type of intolerance is worse in the United States. Considering the current state of my own body, I think I will order a burkini! :)
  • garethbee 6y

    The Victorians used to dress up for swimming - it makes an occasion out of it.
  • Violette79 6y

    I don't think it's worse here in the States. I never have a problem wearing my modest-type swimsuit.
    p.s. -- these are beautiful colors! mine is all black.
  • ROBERTUSNL 6y

    To be honest when i see some naked or half naked people on the beach anywhere i would them prefer to be wearing this.
  • Charles Roffey 6y

    I know exactly what you mean, ROBERTUSNL.

    And, Violette79, I agree with you, these colours are quite catching and add colour to an already colourful scene of lilos, rubber rings and parasols, not to mention buckets and spades. Altogether a happy experience.
  • Scorpocat 6y

    I hope in Turkey people will continue to enjoy freedom of choice and not be dictated to by others, whichever way around it is.

    It's good to see everyone here together enjoying themselves.
  • Charles Roffey 6y

    Excellent sentiments, scorpocat and, absolutely, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
  • jim grosso 5y

    I very mucj agree with ROBERTUSNL and scorpocat.
  • _Dimitris_ 4y

    French mayors didn't get "upset" about it because the woman was muslim. In France there are specific rules in swimming pools and this is only about hygiene. Men for example aren't even allowed to wear the regular shorts but have to wear a speedo. Sometimes swimmers also have to wear a swim cap. No islamophobia, just hygiene! I wish people would check the facts before judging...
  • Violette79 4y

    But, Dimitris, how do they justify it? I mean, how does wearing a modest swimsuit or swim shorts go against hygiene. I understand there are requirements such as to take a shower before going into a swimming pool or wearing a swim cap, of course. That's hygiene. But a modest swimsuit?..
  • Love Hijab 4y

    I've got 1 and I love mine. It is a bit of head turner in very none muslim areas but I dont care. Lol.
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