Men seem far more active in the debate about what constitutes appropriate dress for women than the women who are, apparently, expected to benefit from men’s wisdom on the subject.
Last month Boris Johnson enraged liberals but caressed his supporters when he insulted the women who wear the burqa.
It is hard to imagine that Johnson gives even a speck of Eton mess whether women wear a burqa or not but he was happy to hijack the debate for his nefarious ends.
The unprincipled exploitation of principle epitomised by untrammelled ambition as it were.
Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Tennis Federation, who announced a French Open ban on the catsuit worn by Serena Williams, may be more principled than Johnson but he has, albeit from a different perspective, joined the same debate.
Johnson argues that burqa-wearing women don’t have enough freedom; Mr Giudicelli seems to hint catsuit-wearing superstar athletes have too much.
Game, set, and match for men’s foolish inconsistency.