The SMH reports on women only beaches in the ever increasingly sharia ruled Egypt.
Egypt was once was one of the most liberal Arab countries …
But after an increase in religious conservatism in recent decades – the key opposition group is now the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood that promotes sharia- bare-headed women have become a small minority …
These days about 80% of women wear the veil in Egypt, but I doubt they all do it for religious reasons. Which is possibly why women only beaches are doing a good trade in Egypt.
Places like “La Femme” in the posh resort of Marina, which charge $US16 a day for the privilege for women to remove their veils and swim or lounge about in skimpy bikinis, seem quite popular.
The founder of one of the other women only resorts told reporters:
“We need to respond to the needs of the community.”
I’m not sure what this story, and the women only beaches, really says about the ‘the community’? Are they responding to the wider community that wants women to be veiled, but giving those women an opportunity to ‘get their kit off’ in private. Or, are they responding to the women who don’t really want to wear the veil but have no choice because of draconian laws brought in by a sharia based government opposition?
What do you think?
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