Our Western fashion designers are chasing the lucrative Sharia dollar

This one line from the article in Stuff sums up today’s reality.

But Lee argues if governments of Western countries can trade with the Middle East, then why can’t they make fashion for these countries?

Lee has a point. If our governments very own Murray McCully is prepared to sell the Middle East’s only democracy Israel down the river in exchange for the lucrative Saudi Arabian dollar then who are we to criticise our designers for bringing Sharia to the fashion world. Rename it ” modest fashion” and in no time you are making a fortune helping oppressed, subjugated women to feel that at least they no longer look like a garbage bag.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 25: A model showcases designs by Carena West on the runway during 2016 New Zealand ...

GETTY IMAGES AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – AUGUST 25: A model showcases designs by Carena West on the runway during 2016 New Zealand Fashion Week on August 25, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Michael Ng/Getty Images)


Isn’t the above burkini wear just lovely? I wonder if they got their inspiration from these?

Floral rubbish bags in campaign to keep CBD clean CREDIT: Pead PR

Since being featured on the runway, the $399NZD made-to-order burkini has garnered demand in New Zealand as well as from the UK and Middle East.

Clothing giants around the world are investing creatively and financially into the market of modest fashion.

Dolce and Gabanna's range of hijabs and abayas is a step towards catering to the multibillion dollar market

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce and Gabanna’s range of hijabs and abayas is a step towards catering to the multibillion dollar market

The fashion aesthetic growing in popularity caters to a large market of shoppers, particularly Muslim.

West said despite the political atmosphere her design was well received.

“It is in the company’s best interests to adapt to the changing market and include these products in their collections.”

…New Zealand has a population of over 46,149 people affiliating with the Muslim religion according to the 2013 Census, a number that grew by 28 per cent from 2006.

Despite West’s move to feature a traditionally Muslim item of clothing in a predominantly Western society, this trend hasn’t been picking up as quickly in New Zealand.

Senior marketing lecturer Mike Lee explained this could be because it is a contentious topic.

“I think people have been avoiding it, because it’s such a touchy topic.

“No one wants to be the first to dip their toe in the market in case it gets bitten off because it can be any number of opinions for or against.”

Many launches of modest fashion campaigns including West’s burkini have received some backlash on social media accusing designers such as those of Nike of supporting the suppression of women.

…Aside from clothing, brands are also subtly incorporating multicultural elements into their traditionally Western background, such as selling oudh, a strong musky Arabic perfume.

Kiwi designer West believes as New Zealand continues to evolve and accept multiculturalism retailers here will also follow suit.

“I think that New Zealand is a brave and innovative country, and I’m sure we will see more and more development around these ideas in the next few years.

Brave and innovative? I’d call it naked financial self-interest where principles can be bought and equality sold down the river in exchange for the almighty Sharia dollar.

“You can’t pretend that globalisation doesn’t exist!”

Besides, by any standard, a trend worth $500 billion is anything but modest.


Here in New Zealand we have activists not wanting their Kiwi Saver dollars to be invested in companies that have any involvement in making weapons. I personally find so-called “modest fashion” as repugnant as they find weapons. Weapons can be used to protect lives as well as to take them. ” Modest clothing” however is the fashion equivalent of a ball and chain.

Monty Python predicted today’s political and social environment

At the time, they produced this as comedy.

Who could have believed it would turn into reality? ? We find ourselves debating the provision of toilets for men still men but who want to be women and feel they have rights to be among women and not doing so is to be disrespectful of their life choices.

Back then I could laugh about it. ?Who knew it would turn into a tragedy?

Susan doesn’t like symbols of oppressive groups and neither do I

This will be a short post.

Susan Devoy in her open letter to us all said this…

Not long ago we publicly called out Neo Nazi fascists who wanted to march against child abuse. Many Kiwis joined us when we argued that the symbols of a regime that murdered 1.5 million children have no place at a march against child abuse.? That?s not us.

In my open blog post to Ms Devoy I say this…..

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False equivalency used to defend oppressive swimwear


Juxtaposed photos go viral after police seen ordering woman to remove burqini on French beach WITW STAFF08.24.16 (Twitter)

False equivalency is once again being used by idiots on Twitter who must all be sharing their one remaining brain cell. ?When we look at these two photos what do we see?

  1. A ?man in authority enforcing the law.
  2. A woman ?in a bathing suit having the law enforced on her.

In these two ways, both photos are equivalent but it is the law that is being enforced that is the key difference here and one that the idiots on Twitter are deliberately failing to recognise.

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A Liberal Muslim Blogger’s view of the Hijab



Ro Waseem is a Liberal Muslim blogger. His blog Patheos has some interesting articles. One guest post on the blog discusses why Progressive Muslims and Atheists should work together. Another article attempts to show that there is no hate speech in the Qur’an towards non-muslims. His post on the Hijab is worth reading as it gives us some effective counter points when dealing with someone like journalist Michele A’Court in New Zealand, who simply doesn’t understand what she is defending.

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At last a journalist who understands what a real feminist is

Being an old-fashioned feminist it frustrates me beyond measure when the Media portray submission and control as feminism and choice. They only have this blind spot when it comes to Islam as they are quick to attack ultra-conservative Christian groups for their treatment of women and for how the women dress.

Journalist Peter Dournauf in his opinion piece discusses whether or not a niqab is a way to fight against the objectification of women and I just want to clap my hands and yell out “BRAVO”at the end of it. I have reproduced it in full because it simply is that good. He calls a spade a bloody shovel and the honesty and lack of political correctness is a breath of fresh air.

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