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The burkini ban: what it really means when we criminalise clothes

01 September 2016

Beach.

A woman’s right to choose her own beach outfit has long been an area of controversy. In 1907 record-breaking Australian swimmer, Annette Kellerman, was arrested for wearing a sleeveless one-piece swimming outfit remarkably similar to the burkini. Mary Quant was the first to show the miniskirt on the catwalk, in 1964. She recalls businessmen banging on the windows of her shop, shouting at how obscene and disgusting her dresses were.

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Keywords: fashion, characteristics of technology, characteristics of technological outcomes

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