Tell me honesty, would you prefer to see my seventy year old body in a bikini or a Burkini?
Actually I wear neither.
But, my choice of swimming costume should be my own, as should be the right of the person bathing beside me to wear a burkina or a bikini.
As I go swimming at Shepparton, in Victoria Australia, where we have a wonderful multi-cultural society, I do swim with women who are comfortable in, and look lovely wearing a range of costumes, from Burkini to Bikini.
I left my bikini wearing days behind forty-five years ago, after I began having children II was more comfortable wearing a one piece costume. Now, I do not like showing more of my body that I would in normal street clothing when I swim. I am not ashamed of my body. I just see it as a private and personal possession and thus not something that I choose to show strangers. This isn't something forced upon me by men. My man's not the sort who would criticise or try to influence my choice of clothing. He supports me in my choices.
Which costume you think looks nicer, in these photos, is something that none of us will agree about.
The point I'm making is that it should not be about what we believe either woman pictured here should be wearing. Surely, in 2016 we have gone beyond Chauvinistic attitudes or fashion police that dictate to women what they should wear.
I hope that both these women feel fantastic in what they chose to wear to the beach, and no one made them feel insecure or uncomfortable about their choice.
We no longer feel conspicuous if we cover up. Clothing should be a personal choice,
Did anyone want to ban a nun's habit because of what could be hidden under it?
I do accept that people should show faces for recognition for banking and some public activities.
Thank goodness, the high court in France has suspended the ban on the Burkini, ruling it illegal and a violation of freedom.