Well, what else can we believe? Squawking about our bare shoulders and short dresses one minute, then blowing a fuse about us covering up on a beach the next. That too much and too little in the way of female clothing is enough to cause outbursts of wrath. So, we should cover up, but not too much ...?
Yes, yes, we understand that there are multiple religions around the world where women are required to dress modestly. And, of course, we know it's for our own good, for our protection. 'Cos, for certain, we all know that no modestly dressed and behaving woman ever got raped or sexually assaulted. Noooo ...
C'mon girls, let's look at it positively. There must be a shopping opportunity here. We need designers who can design capsule wardrobes for women, comprising of multiple pieces which can be added and subtracted dependant upon where you are. Perhaps velcro would have to come back into its own again? And we'd need some method for transporting all this stuff, but there's another window of opportunity for a designer. And if you have a baby and so need to carry baby-bags too, perhaps one should just have staff ... which would help with the unemployment situation too. What type of degree would you demand of your bag carrier?
But to be serious for a minute, having a body that has been a long way from "beach ready" for years, I quite like the idea of wearing a burkhini to swim. I'd rather wear it than a string bikini - both from the point of view of comfort and so that those watching need not bleach their eyes. But apparently I shouldn't care how my obese body looks in that string bikini, I should be proud to tan my flab. Yet should I appear on television, I must dress modestly. No high hemlines, no plunging cleavage and definitely no bare sholders. I'm right aren't I? It is utter madness.
I cannot be the only one wondering who gets to decide what is too little and what is too much - especially as this measurement seems to be applied to only one side of the gender coin ... let alone in asking who the hell gave those same people the power to make these judgements?
How about we try respect? Respect for the norm in whatever country you live, in whatever place you are visiting. I wouldn't visit a naturist beach and expect to remain fully-clothed, neither would I enter a church/mosque/temple unless properly covered. Horses for courses folks. This world of ours is vast and different. Let's respect the rules wherever we may be and enjoy the right to make our own choices where that is the norm.
And let's get back to some sanity for gawd's sake ...