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Are France's burkini bans sexist, or liberating?
by Angela Charlton
Male officials are dictating what women can wear on French beaches — and people across a wide swath of French society say that's a good thing.
Decrees issued by several mayors this month ban the body-encompassing burkini swimsuit, which France's secular political class says subjugates women and is incompatible with a country whose motto celebrates equality and freedom.
To many Muslim women, that's pure hypocrisy. They see the burkini bans themselves as sexist, not to mention racist and a reactionary backlash to terrorism fears.
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