So says religious right winger Fred Nile who has called for a ban on topless-ness on all beaches.
“The law should be clear. It must say: ‘Exposure of women’s breasts on beaches will be prohibited’,” Rev Nile said last week.
“Our beaches should be a place where no one is offended, whether
it’s their religious or cultural views,” he said. “If they’ve come from a Middle Eastern or Asian country where
women never go topless – in fact they usually wear a lot of
clothing – I think it’s important to respect all the different
cultures that make up Australia.”
The practice was at risk of raising the ire of Muslim men in
particular, Mr Nile said.
“I don’t want to have any provocations or disturbances on our
public beaches,” he said.
Apart from the whole idea being Christmas Crackers, it’s the last sentence that particularly disturbs me. Nile is saying that naked breasts on a beach are tantamount to an invitation for abuse or assault. Which sounds alarmingly like the ‘raw meat’ analogy used by a Muslim leader a couple of years ago to refer to women dressing sexily and being responsible for ‘provoking’ rape.
The fact that Nile is using faux concern for the Muslim community (and Asian community – what’s THAT about?) to justify his extreme discomfort at the sight (or even thought) of female flesh….well, that’s rich.
When will silly old men stop sprouting opinions and calling for laws that determine what women do with their bodies? Back off buddy. Go play lawn bowls if you don’t want your delicate sensibilities polluted by the sight of the unclothed female body.
Fortunately, most other politicians are not insane and have dismissed Nile’s calls for the prudish misogyny they are. Acting Premier Carmel Tebbutt and the NSW Opposition Leader,
Barry O’Farrell, have both said that topless bathing is an issue
for local councils, not state governments.