I saw something this afternoon at the pool that I've only seen in pictures before
Some poor kid trying to swim laps in that stupid fucking thing. She had trouble getting her arms above water. I tried not to stare but I couldn't help but to look a few times on my way to do my laps. I haven't seen anyone in the water fully clothed since junior life saving courses or some party gone wild. I felt so bad for the kid. Couldn't say anything though, of course.
So I just went about swimming laps and then about half way through I noticed the kid had taken off so I chatted a bit with the lifeguard. Seems there's a few families in town who swim like that. A couple of mothers, a few girls and there's one boy who wears a loose fitting shirt. I said kidding around that they probably don't race. The lifeguard said that one actually is on the swim team and she taught her to swim from a very early age, now at level 3 I think she said so team eligible. So I said, well, I bet she doesn't win. Lifeguard laughed.
It's really horrible to see. I get that in their religion they think they are respecting the woman's body but you can't look at a kid trying to swim laps in a full burqa without knowing that's not respect, that's repression.