Bikini vs Burqa – more American Women have Worn the Latter

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Bikini vs Burqa – more American Women have Worn the Latter

by Nicole Chang
June 4, 2085

A new Gallup poll shows that 15% of American women age 18 to 49 have worn a veil in public. The same fashion poll showed that only 14% of women in the same age range have worn a bikini in public. A veil is defined as a garment covering the hair and lower face, such as a niqab or burqa.

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The increase in the percentage of American women who’ve veiled is mainly contributed to conversions to Islam and an increase in immigration from Muslim countries. However, a growing modesty movement among Christians had also contributed to the rise. The Pew Institute estimates that one-quarter to one-third of all American women who veil are Christians or otherwise not Muslims.

“I wear it because I think it’s a good idea,” says Danielle Stonehill, a 24-year old Christian who wears the niqab, once considered an exclusively Muslim garment.

“If you look at the history, you’ll see women covered themselves in Bible. Christian women veiled themselves in the Byzantine Empire before Islam even existed,” she told us.

“I wish modesty had been more important to Christian women throughout history,” she added.

Men seeking to see a woman in a bikini have increasingly been forced to look online. Many states have passed laws either outlawing publicly wearing a bikini or at least severely restricting its use. Television and film portrays have also been curtailed.

A number of municipalities in Utah came together in 2036 to ban girls under the age of 18 from wearing bikinis in public. Several other cities across the country passed similar ordinances throughout the 2030’s and 2040’s.

With the support of evangelical Christian and Islamic groups, Texas expanded the ban and outlawed all women from wearing bikinis in public in 2047. Despite concerns that it could affect tourism, especially in costal cities, it had strong support in Texas’s evangelical community.

“It was a state wide referendum,” Julie Griffin remembers.

“A lot of my friends were against it. They wondered how they would get a tan if they couldn’t wear a bikini to the beach,” she said.

Voters approved the referendum and wearing a bikini in public became illegal in Texas on January 1, 2047. Several other states, especially in the South, approved similar measures. Florida and South Carolina, both heavily dependent on beach-going tourists, defeated attempts to outlaw bikini-wearing in public.

“I don’t personally know anyone who’s worn a veil, but I have seen dozens of veiled women out in public,” Griffin added.

Bikinis also had great trouble in the media as well as beaches. Under pressure from feminist and religious groups, all nationally-televised beauty contests had banned the bikini by 2070.

In 2075, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) implemented strict new guidelines for media displays of bikini-clad women. It became illegal to show a woman in a bikini before 10pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). Movies showing bikini-clad woman also had to be automatically rated “R.”

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In spite of legislation meant to defeat it, the decline of the bikini was still fairly gradual. Similar polls from 2070 showed that 25% of American women had worn a bikini in public, and less than 10% had worn a veil.Rebecca Graywolf was one of those 25%.

“My friends and I would go to the beach and didn’t think anything of being half naked,” she said.

“From what I’ve been able to research, it was really common for young women to wear bikinis in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries,” she said.

Graywolf has since conveted to Islam and wears the niqab. She says she has not shown her face in a public location in over five years.

“I really enjoy maintaining my modesty for Allah. I’m glad the bikini is increasingly being thought of as a tool of female oppression from a barbarian time in our history,” she said.

While laws became unfriendly to the once popular American icon, other laws were passed protecting a woman’s right to wear a veil in public. California, Michigan and New York all passed veil defense laws in 2022 and now 38 states have similar laws.

Demographic projections suggest that by the year 2100 one-quarter of American women 18 to 49 will have worn a veil in public. Less than 10% of women will have worn a bikini in public by that time.

Copyright 2085 Rouders

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