Signs posted on the walls of several girls’ schools in Saudi Arabia have prompted concerns after they appear to suggest that the modesty of a woman is dependent on the men in their family. With slogans such as “your manhood can be judged by kind of abayas the women in your family wear.”
Abayas are a traditional loose over-garment, essentially a robe-like dress, worn by most women in the Gulf.
Frontpage The objection here is to Abayas that are overly fancy or women who wear them without entirely covering the face. It’s telling that Saudi Muslims link manhood to forcing women to cover their faces. That is the real origin of the Hijab and other forms of repressive Purdah clothing for women.
Muslim masculinity is pathologically insecure. It’s burdened by a sense of paranoia about the chastity of a man’s mother, sister and daughters. The Muslim man goes through life terrified that his “honor” will be mocked when a woman disobeys him. Islamic religion expresses itself in dominating non-Muslims and Islamic honor culture expresses itself in dominating women.
Al-Arabiya However, one man, Majed Al-Dhowayyan, tweeted that no one has the right to issue such judgments and asked radicals to correct their thoughts and ideas before judging others on appearances. Meanwhile, other residents said they considered the signs to be a new method for improving behavior and ethics.
A faculty member at Dammam University’s Psychology Department, Dr. Fatimah Al-Ali, criticized the absence of monitoring bodies that allow such signs to be posted without understanding their true meaning.
Official spokesman of the Ministry of Education, Mubarak Al-Esaimi, said such signs are the responsibility of the guidance section, but refused to say whether the ministry agrees or disagrees with the message in the signs. He simply said: “I do not have an answer.”
According to the newspaper, a source in the Ministry of Education said one of the most leading causes of the spread of extremism is allowing extremists access to the education sector.