By Aqua Catlin
Sorry if I offended anyone last week! But I did get lots of reader comments, both here and verbally, thanks! Please don't make me do that nasty stuff again, give us your input without it responding to such cruel and unusual comments of mine.
In response to my own post a couple interesting things happened. Looks like law of attraction works because I was forced to see several personifications of everything on the list parading before me at once. Hid-eeeek-ous. But I deserved it.
Also, I got a giant, "in your face!" and met a guy, wearing jewelry, that I actually really liked. My prejudice was flipped like an egg in a diner and landed on the floor like an egg in my kitchen. He was wearing an anklet of all things and I loved it. What a slap in the face. I am sorry I haven't been able to source it based on the info he gave me. It had two highly polished long thin silver bullets. They weren't really bullets but looked like it. They were at the back ankle tendon, one on each side and connected with a neutral leather strip across the front of the ankle. It was the most masculine anklet I've ever seen. Very cool indeed and I stand corrected and somewhat open on the 'jewelry on man' issue, thank ya, its great to keep learning!
Speaking of prejudice, this story is shocking. So French. Starts off mentioning a female Muslim swimmer can't wear her Muslim approved swimwear, dubbed a "Burquini", at a local pool in France. They banned her from the pool!! Ohhkaaay. Seems a bit harsh, but perhaps their eyes were offended or I don't understand the French. They can't seriously think she's a hygiene risk. I know y'all got chlorine (and eat snails and truffles- yum!)
They take their anti-religious-fashion prejudices pretty bloody far over there! In fact, Muslim headscarves and Jewish yarmulkes are banned from classrooms! That ain't right. Further, President Sarkozy, married to a model, is quoted as saying that he supports legislation to ban women from wearing burqas in public in "...our country..." because that imprisons them and deprives them of identity.
Humpphh. I'm not a politician or an elite french but I'm a self-respecting human being with the strength to respect others and I can see these people's identity is linked to and rooted in their faith. Inarguably. Faith that includes traditional dress and other customs that they feel stregnthens their ties to .... whatevah. They live in a free country afterall and make the choice each day to dress as they wish. Every day.
Perhaps its President Sarkozy and something in the French political culture that is so imprisoned by the burqas? I'm not saying all the faithful love it. I'm saying they're free to choose and they are doing so. Goddamnit.
You may be French and have a monopoly on perfection that we can all learn from on our knees, but President Sarkozy, this is disrespectful on so many levels I don't wish to list... as I see it, you'd essentially take away their religious rights to support your tastes and opinions.
But it is a double-sided coin. Are they more or less fashionoclast for dressing as they wish in their traditional dress?