God bless Roger Simon. He comes up with the most intriguing little tidbits. One has to wonder what websites he visited to stumble upon this particular morsel.
I will be the first to admit that I’ve wondered sometimes what Saudi women wear while swimming(you deal with your fantasy life, I’ll deal with mine). Hard as I tried, I couldn’t envision anything but large, floating tents that you swam under and they somehow moved along with you. Even google was no help on the subject, though that was some time ago; perhaps Saudi swimsuits are a seasonal thing, thus allowing Roger to find this catalogue offering in August.
So here she is, Ms. Wahhibi at the seashore. The hotel pool? As one of Roger’s commenters said, this may be why Arab women don’t win medals at the Olympic swim meets. He’s on to something there.
On the other hand, this woman is never going to get skin cancer from too much exposure to the sun. She might die of heat stroke decked out in all that gear, but she’ll die with nothing showing.
Dymphna’s aunt was a Franciscan sister for sixty years and some of Celine’s time was spent as the Mother Superior of a small convent in Tybee Beach, Georgia. Believe me, they never got that covered up. In fact, compared to this woman, they were downright licentious in their black, one-piece, longish boxer-shorts type bathing suits and their white latex bathing caps. But from a distance they passed for your regular, Western-type woman out for a swim.
If this is a must-have for your late summer wardrobe — say for Labor Day at the old swimming hole — go here. You have a choice of the six colors shown, but it doesn’t say if the whole ensemble includes the flip-flops. Surely flip-flops are infidel fashion? Toes are a real turn on for some men, but maybe that doesn’t apply to Wahhabis.
Come to think of it, sooo much of what passes for normal behavior in the 21st century doesn’t apply to Wahhabis that the world has taken to looking on in bemused horror at their attempts to meld their beliefs and their contact with modernity. This particular effort is higher on the bemusement scale than, say, their current project of bulldozing Mecca.
UPDATE: Cutler’s Yankee Station has an eerie comparison of the swimsuit photo with another picture, this one from the last presidential campaign. As Malvolio says, “some have greatness thrust upon them.”