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Old 19th January 2007, 07:25 AM   #1
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Muslim women show skin "down under"

Those freedom loving Australians are corrupting Muslim women. What's next; Sports Illustrated - the Muslim edition?

"Nice ankles, Laalaa!"

Surfing Muslims unveil 'burkini'

POSTED: 12:25 p.m. EST, January 16, 2007

SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) -- In a lycra revolution, a cover-all swimming costume is bringing Muslim women on to Australian beaches as lifeguards, unzipping tensions which divided parts of Sydney little over a year ago.

The two-piece "burkini", popular in the Middle East, is proving key to a reshaping surf lifesaving Down Under -- once a bastion of white Australian culture and still a heartland of the country's sun-bronzed, heroic self-myth.

"I am Australian so I always have the Australian life style, but now with the burkini it just allowed me to participate in it more. We used to always go to the beach, but now that I have the burqini I can actually swim," Mecca Laalaa, 22, told Reuters.

Laalaa is one of 24 young Australians of Arab heritage who recently signed up to a 10-week training course run by Surf Life Saving Australia aimed at widening the racial mix on beaches.

The shift follows race riots between ethnic Lebanese Australians and white Australian youths at Cronulla Beach in Sydney's south in the lead-up to Christmas in 2005.

Cars, shops and churches were damaged in the violence, which followed an attack on a pair of beach lifeguards.

Laalaa, whose ethnic background is Lebanese-Australian, is relying on a home-grown burkini -- a compromise between a burka and a bikini -- to keep her covered on Cronulla's sands.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapc...eut/index.html
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Old 19th January 2007, 11:57 AM   #2
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Looks like a wetsuit to me.
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Old 19th January 2007, 12:13 PM   #3
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I think hiding women's bodies makes them even more intriguing.
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Old 19th January 2007, 12:25 PM   #4
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I'm getting uncontrollably aroused. When's the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue supposed to come out?
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Old 19th January 2007, 12:57 PM   #5
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Isn't swimming un-Islamic? Wait, no, that's kite flying.
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Old 19th January 2007, 02:49 PM   #6
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See also:

Burqini: Muslim women's reply to bikini

Muslim women want special swim pools
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Old 19th January 2007, 02:57 PM   #7
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Do these swimsuits show any ankle?
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Old 19th January 2007, 03:04 PM   #8
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So, developing a Lycra fetish is more acceptable, religiously, than showing skin?
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Old 19th January 2007, 03:08 PM   #9
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If only it were possible to kill the God who demands this, then humanity could get on with enjoying life. What an idiot He is.
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Old 19th January 2007, 03:23 PM   #10
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This shmata does not look waterproof.

Oye vey...Cut down on those falafal.
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Old 19th January 2007, 04:27 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Pardalis View Post
I think hiding women's bodies makes them even more intriguing.
Man, you're a real sicko.
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Old 19th January 2007, 04:50 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Pardalis View Post
I think hiding women's bodies makes them even more intriguing.
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Man, you're a real sicko.

Wouldn't that depend on where you hide them?
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Old 19th January 2007, 05:09 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Joe Random View Post
Wouldn't that depend on where you hide them?
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A friend told me that the Koran/Sharia are suspended on the water. "what happens on the water, stays on the water", or so he said. So all those little islands being made in Qutar are little dens of iniquity, all legal by those rules. Anybody else hear that?

If so, what about while swimming?
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Old 19th January 2007, 07:36 PM   #15
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I must say, given the company that my JREF bookmark keeps, this thread title confused the hell out of me for a few seconds.
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I must say, given the company that my JREF bookmark keeps, this thread title confused the hell out of me for a few seconds.
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Wouldn't that depend on where you hide them?
To explain the joke is to ruin the joke.
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Old 20th January 2007, 08:42 AM   #18
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Laalaa is one of 24 young Australians of Arab heritage who recently signed up to a 10-week training course run by Surf Life Saving Australia aimed at widening the racial mix on beaches.

The only suspicious thing is that they've requested to only learn how to catch a wave, but are uninterested in learning how to dismount the board at the end of a ride. . . .
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Old 20th January 2007, 09:13 AM   #19
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They're catching up, clearly. Only a little more than 100 years behind

Here's some Victorian Swimwear
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Old 20th January 2007, 11:29 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
So, developing a Lycra fetish is more acceptable, religiously, than showing skin?
Lycra maybe, but not PVC or patent leather.
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I must say, given the company that my JREF bookmark keeps, this thread title confused the hell out of me for a few seconds.
Made you look.
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The only suspicious thing is that they've requested to only learn how to catch a wave, but are uninterested in learning how to dismount the board at the end of a ride. . . .
They're having such fun they don't want the ride to end.
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