Ethnocentrism is an ugly thing, but it’s difficult to not be offended by a report that says Saudi women with “sexy” eyes may be forced to cover them up.
USA Today reports a spokesman for the Orwellian entitled “Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice” as saying the group has the right to order women whose eyes seem “tempting” to shield them immediately.
The committee was set up in 1940 to enforce Sharia Law within the Islamic nation. “Religion police” patrol the streets enforcing dress codes — women already must wear a black cloak that covers almost everything — and other rules.
Fox News reports the committee, in 2002, refused to allow female students out of a burning school in Mecca because they were not wearing correct head cover. The decision allegedly contributed to the high death toll of 15 people who were killed in the fire.
Saudi Arabia — a longtime U.S. ally — is the only country in the world where women are not legally allowed to drive. Perhaps the new rule is a way of justifying keeping women from behind the wheel.
Meanwhile, in the far more liberal Egypt, a female university student has sparked outrage by posting nude pictures of herself online. Aliaa Magda Elmahdy said the photos are ”screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy.”