France wants to see your daughters naked.
In a recent interview in the trendy French journal Le Monde, a government member, announced that he was planning a secret deal with AirBnB to make sure that they consistently report to the government any villa that might accommodate women-only bathing.
To give you a bit of context, Women-Only swimming pools are forbidden in France. This is applied respectively in private and public infrastructure. This prohibition is troubling for many females, especially Muslim women since they are upholding modesty.
Years ago, a few elected officials tried to organize specific time slots for females in public pools. These politicians quickly were smeared by the media, and the policy of single-sex times for swimming pools has been banned.
This hostility toward any form of segregation between the sexes has led many Muslim women to rent private villas with pools so that they can swim without the male gaze.
This solution is still possible today, but maybe not for long.
Le Monde’s interview trended on Twitter, and soon, the official Twitter account of the government tried to take the article down. A few hours after publishing the article, Le Monde quietly erased the part mentioning the agreement with AirBnB.
To many people, this unexpected leak was beyond belief. How could a government apply such invasive measures despite “sacred human rights”? These oppressions are found in history books and cannot possibly occur in our modern civilized world!
This is gullible.
In the liberal fantasy world, today’s governments would never impose restrictions on people’s free choice unless it is for a very good, very legitimate reason. Everything that comes from such a higher moral order as the liberal state must be for people’s own good.
The reality is that historically, no system of governance has put as much restriction on people as modern Liberal states.
Many factors explain this. Importantly, in traditional premodern societies, human interaction were built on several strata: individual, family, community, society, then the nation.
To maintain order among people, it is enough to apply rules and regulations on a family or community level. This gives enough limitations to maintain order in society and a frame where people can still exercise their individual freedoms to an extent.
Yet, the modern liberal state dissolves families and communities for the sake of consolidating its power as well as liquidating the limits that families and communities place on individuals. Without these familial and communal restrictions, the individual is more free in the sense of pursuing personal desires. But this leads to the inevitable atomization of society and complete control of the liberal state over the individual.
Secondly, Liberalism’s obsession with maximizing individual liberty makes it blind to many other values that are intuitively grounded in human nature, values related to modesty, family, marriage, etc. Even though modesty towards foreign males is instinctive in females, this goes against equality of the sexes because it places a duty upon women to separate themselves from men and vice versa, as well as to cover their bodies. These duties conflict with individual liberty. Therefore, the liberal state attacks modesty as a value and preaches its opposite.
The very first article of the French Constitution says:
France is an indivisible, secular, democratic, and social Republic. It ensures equality before the law of all citizens without distinction of origin, race, or religion.
It is a core principle of the liberal French republic that the French people are one. We can’t allow any segregation based on sex, gender, race, or religion in that context. This principle isn’t applied to swimming exclusively, but it is found in every sphere of French society. That is why there are no gender-segregated schools in France, and women cannot refuse delivery by a male midwife.
How can this principle be respected when it goes against people’s very human nature?
Complete totalitarian surveillance is the weapon of the liberal state to coerce its people to obey despite their nature. Yes, for such a noble end as liberty and equality, a few isolated souls may have to be deprived of swimming. What’s the problem with that?