The most important reversion in this debate is the concealing of the feminist issue.
The biggest skill of Islamists is to clear out from the debate the ideological dimension and the sexist signification of the burkini, the message it is delivering regarding impurity and shame put on the female body, reducing it to a simple racist issue. An anti-Muslim racism can certainly occur in some of the views expressed against the Islamic veil. However, this is not a command of truth incompatible with the irreducibly feminist dimension of the story. One does not invalidate the other and the huge difficulty we're facing here requires that we look at the entirety of the phenomenon in a dialectic way. A similar rhetorical 'tour de force' is at work in the reduction of the problem to an issue of civil liberties.
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