Dress Codes Again…?

Following on from Longrider’s post on Harrods, I find this in a local newspaper:

Female visitors to a community event were ordered to cover their shoulders by the Muslim organisers.Staff at the Noor Ul Islam Summer Fete, which took place at Leyton Cricket Ground at the weekend, are said to have told some women showing their shoulders they could only enter the site if they wore specially provided t-shirts.

Cue much frothing in the comments, and from the original complainee (a Muslim herself), who feels that this presents the wrong image of Islam, and she may have a point.

But the term ‘community event’ is a little misleading, as it seems it was a private function, and so they are allowed to impose any dress code they wish.

It’s surprising though, as Edwin Greenwood points out, how certain restrictions seem to escape the attention of the authorities, though, isn’t it?

Hasib Hussain, a volunteer at Noor Ul Islam, told the Guardian: “T-shirts were only given to people who were dressed inappropriately, like those wearing mini-skirts or low cut tops. “

I’m not too sure how a T-shirt is expected to help with a mini-skirt, mind you…

7 comments for “Dress Codes Again…?

  1. July 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I’m not too sure how a T-shirt is expected to help with a mini-skirt, mind you…

    Same way a burka helps these girls? French, got to love ’em sometimes.

    • July 14, 2011 at 5:51 am


      • July 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

        I’m not too sure how a T-shirt is expected to help with a mini-skirt, mind you…

        Maybe they were huge baggy T-shirts that went down to ankle level. With a hood and long sleeves. Sort of a bit like a Burkha.

  2. Monty
    July 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    It all rather depends on whether the visitors concerned were attending the islamic function, or whether they were merely members, or guests of the Leyton Cricket Club. If the latter, the imposition of this dress code was out of order.

  3. July 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Private function. Their gaff, their rules – even if they were only hiring it for the function.

    • July 14, 2011 at 5:51 am

      Usually, but a lot of council-owned properties will have some kind of ‘equality’ clause in their T&Cs these days, so it’s something to beware of.

  4. Budvar
    July 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

    So, would these “Specially provided t-shirts” come in differing styles of say a Che’esque pic of Osama, Lyrics of “We are the world” or even dare I say it, a homage of explosives around the mid rif and a chest mounted detonator complete with clock?

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