June 28, 2012
A frank discussion about culture and sexism is underway at Reddit, internet bastion of the college educated, secular left.
None too soon.
I got in a debate with an Egyptian a while back over France's proposed burqua law. It seemed incomprehensible to him that women would wear clothes for a reason other than to protect themselves from rape, and seemed to have the idea that rape was very common over here because of the way the women dressed. I explained that over here, we teach men that it is their responsibility to restrain themselves, not the responsibility of women to avoid catching their attention. This was a completely foreign concept to him, and continued insisting that women in this country would be completely safe from rape if they simply adopted middle eastern garb. Made me really pity anyone born within a thousand miles of his culture.
An apology: Dear r/Islam.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 28, 2012 07:24 AM