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The Day The News Made My Blood Boil

Stating The…

Some things should be obvious.

For example,

you can’t fight hatred with hatred,

and prejudice creates rifts

where we should be building bridges.

Loss is loss,

no matter the who,

no matter the faith.

Instead of telling her to take off her clothes,

instead of  telling her to cover up her skin,

realise that she is human

just like you are,

just like I am.

And I was rather sit next to her,

wearing whatever she decides to wear,

than associate with someone who allows fear,

to make monsters out of men

while the monsters lurk somewhere else

and you decide her faith is worth less than bigotry.

Daily Post: Obvious

I wasn’t going to write anything for this daily post prompt today but then I kept seeing news articles about the current debate over the ‘burkini’. I don’t think there should even be a debate. We should be ashamed of ourselves if we even consider singling people out because of this.

I can walk around on the beach in a bikini so why can’t someone chose to cover up. It’s England so my chances or seeing weather suitable for such attire is slim, but I can still rock a two piece in the snow if I so wish.

If you want to wear a burkini then that’s fine too. Hey, if the weather is nice you’ll actually be less likely to get sun-burnt and in England, you’re more appropriately dressed for what will no doubt be a less that glorious summer day.

My point is that no one should feel ashamed or unwelcome because of what swimsuit they wear. Have we really sunk so low that we’re picking fights where there really doesn’t need to be one? Haven’t women fought enough for the choice of what we wear?

It’s about being comfortable in your own skin. How you do that is up to you.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Yes this is so strange to me… and to associate a headscarf with terrorism is not possible for me to comprehend…
    In Iran the tell women to cover themselves
    In France they tell women to undress
    what’s common is the telling of the women…
    and it’s men

  2. I absolutely agree, women all around the world are mistreated. It boils my blood to think that after so many years, we still haven’t figured out how to deal with this situation.

    Powerfully penned.

  3. Very well said. And indeed, it is the men telling the women how they should dress or undress. They should be ashamed but they will not be because they are men and they don’t get it. Very well penned.

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  5. Shawna says

    I think it’s pretty cute. 🙂 Believe me, I’d like to put three of them on my daughters!

    This is my favorite section of your poem:
    “And I [would] rather sit next to her,
    wearing whatever she decides to wear,
    than associate with someone who allows fear,
    to make monsters out of men”

  6. I agree. Ridiculous argument! Wear what you will, and befriend (not belittle) the one who chooses to dress differently.

  7. Freedom to do as you please and be criticized by those free to judge.
    Every time I see an article about clothing debate I cant help but hear these lyrics in my head, from the movie Annie (The original)
    Who cares what they’re wearing
    On Main Street Or Saville Row.
    It’s what you wear from ear to ear
    And not from head to toe
    That matters

  8. Josslyn Rae Turner says

    Powerful piece! I never heard of a burkini before this. After reading the article, I understand the anger you express.

  9. I have been reading about this as well. A timely write, and one that we should frankly have a discussion.

  10. Great poem. I too agree that people should be able to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable. Since when we all have to be half naked to enjoy the beach?

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  12. Great timely post! I too was amazed and then angry to see the reporting of this on television last night. I see people in wet suits out in the water, coming in onto the sand. They are similar in the coverage. And then there are women in thongs — with very little left to imagine. No one says a word to these folks. And then I think I also heard in the same news story that people are not allowed to wear crosses on a chain around their neck? I don’t think I’m imagining hearing that. Really? What is happening here???? I’ll take the fully dressed woman over the thong any day….and perhaps one might think about what “religious thought” is being expressed by the thong? In some way, our “beliefs” are reflected in everything we wear. Good for you posting this!

    • Thank you Lillian. I normally try to keep politics off the blog but this really riled me up. Normally the news doesn’t stick with me, but this keeps popping up at the back of my brain, mostly because I can’t believe it would happen in Europe of all places.

  13. I was horrified when I read about this incident, and perhaps more so that everyone sat there watching. No one came to her assistance or comforted her. The world is turning on itself in a very ugly way.

  14. I didn’t know about this. The story may or may not have reached South African shores – I don’t watch television. I followed the pingbacks to the story and am appalled! Remind me to not want to move to France at anytime, ever. I thought us South Africans were a miserable lot but this beats it, for sure.

  15. Zaiba Official says

    Lovely piece.

    Though I do wish more people would vehemently uphold the rights of women all over the world who wish to dress a certain way, be it cover up or not i.e.: hijab, burka, niqab…(instead of stereotyping them as ‘terrorists’ ‘terrorist sympathizers’ etc) with the same passion as most people opposed the Burkini ban.

    Stop telling women what to wear and what not to wear.

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