by Bargis Tryhol on 12/12/12 at 3:23 pm
On a hill in Sharm el-Sheikh, not far from the famous beach resorts with their bikini-clad patrons, Islamist activist Ahmed Saber ponders the fate of revealing swimwear if his party comes to power. After spending weeks observing bikini wearing women on the beach through powerful binoculars, the cleric laments the probable cause of male blindness among fellow Egyptians.
The bikini swimsuit has been at the center of a growing debate over the Islamists’ plans for tourism, one of Egypt’s key currency earners. It’s just not pyramids anymore, with more and more tourists finding the Egyptian beaches a trendy recluse from the normal, but crowded Mediterranean destinations.
Speaking at a voting station, Saber seeks to present a liberal outline of his party’s position on the bikini. “You’re free to do as you please as long as you don’t harm me,” he says.
The Sharm el-Sheikh tour guide then goes on to explain that: “Some sights just might harm me and other men. For example, women wearing bikinis on the street. There are special places for bikinis, yes? All religious men know seeing a woman in a bikini will cause blindness.” After his several weeks of observation, Saber says he’s sure his eyes have suffered and hopes the bulging goes away soon or his wife of 30 years might suspect naughtiness on his part.
After decades of repression by a secular police state, the Muslim Brotherhood grouping finds itself fending off questions about its plans for beach resort mainstays like bikinis and alcohol… considered un-Islamic by some.
With ultra-conservatives poised to play a big role in parliament during an economic crisis, the Islamists’ thoughts on what tourists may wear or drink are being scrutinised amid fears they will harm the country’s vital tourism industry.
Egyptian doctors who specialize in vision problem s are gearing up for a upward landslide business trend as the expected millions of Egyptian men complaining of eye trouble is expected to triple in the coming years.
After weighing the consequences, Ahmed Saber admits he’ll keep on peeking at the bikini-clad women on the beach…At least until he needs glasses.