When Christian’s dress modestly it’s frumpy and oppressive. When Muslims dress modestly, it’s admirable.
Writer Ken Shepherd takes a look at the double standard regarding modesty.
Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan scoffed at the notion of modest swimwear in her column “Ultimate Coverup.” But the Post’s Alison Lake gave Style section readers a gushy look at how “Muslim women shop for ways to bare little.”
Overall, the tone of Lake’s piece was clear: Muslims can be fashionable while being modest and faithful to religious tradition, but it’s a shame that mainstream retail shops don’t carry clothing that caters to them.
By contrast, the 2006 column by then-Post fashion critic Robin Givhan derided the notion of women choosing modest swimwear, singling out the Wholesome Wear line:
The makers of WholesomeWear swimsuits would like women to cover up their tummies. And their backs. And their arms. And half their legs. The Oregon company, based outside Portland, sells a collection of swimwear online that consists of a wet suit topped by a dress. The spandex underpinning is not sufficient on its own because bystanders would still be able to make out the curves of the woman’s body. The nylon overdress takes care of any audacious display of an hourglass shape.
Givhan noted that Wholesome Wear “is not aimed at practitioners of any religion” but went on to scoff the Christian sensibilities that inform the company’s founders.
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