A letter to the editor in The Guardian is going viral for suggesting a ban on suits makes much more sense than France's prohibition on burkinis. A London man named Henry Stewart explains, from personal experience, why full-body formal wear traditionally worn by men offends him much more than full-body swim garments traditionally worn by Muslim women.
His tongue-in-cheek letter reads:
No woman in a burqa (or a hijab or a burkini) has ever done me any harm. But I was sacked (without explanation) by a man in a suit. Men in suits missold me pensions and endowments, costing me thousands of pounds. A man in a suit led us on a disastrous and illegal war. Men in suits led the banks and crashed the world economy. Other men in suits then increased the misery to millions through austerity. If we are to start telling people what to wear, maybe we should ban suits.
Does that sound crazy to you? Well, the suit is a very restrictive, conservative garment, symbolic of an entire system of life. It's associated with layoffs, politicians, and soulless bankers. Surely it's too provocative to be allowed in public.