Saturday, January 11, 2014

How Muslim Women Should Dress In Public (Not That It's Any Of My Business)

Pew Research has data on how people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public, and the results are what you would expect.
An important issue in the Muslim world is how women should dress in public. A recent survey from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research conducted in seven Muslim-majority countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey), finds that most people prefer that a woman completely cover her hair, but not necessarily her face. Only in Turkey and Lebanon do more than one-in-four think it is appropriate for a woman to not cover her head at all in public.

So, naturally, my first thought was to wonder how many of the survey respondents were female. The answer is in the Data and Methods section of the survey report:
Among the 3,070 respondents 55% were female, 17% had university education with a degree, 38% were currently employed, and 66% were married. In terms of class background, 0.4% self-reported as members of the upper class, 26% upper middle class, 36% lower middle class, 25% working class, and 12% lower class.

The lovey lady in image number 4 on the chart below is the clear winner, except in Saudi Arabia, where they overwhelmingly prefer the full Ninja look.

There is a lesson here for all those who believe that inside every foreigner there is an American trying to get out. Actually, they are foreign all the way to the bone.

Nothing wrong with being foreign, you understand. I like foreigners just fine. I probably know more foreigners than I do Americans. But, people, please respect the f-o-r-e-i-g-n, and do not assume that foreigners all around the world just naturally like the same things you like, or want the same things you want. They have their own ideas about that.
To each his - and her - own.


James said...

"There is a lesson here for all those who believe that deep inside every foreigner there is an American trying to get out" You've got that right.

Anonymous said...

That is a good post TSB but I find it difficult to 'Jive' with that guy's hijab rap music.

I'm glad I don't live in Charleston, WV where you can't even wash your hands in the tap water and they are passing out potable water 1 gallon at a time. How long since a state capital has been shut down because of toxic water?
My vote goes to # 5 but that is a really ugly scarf. Real muslim women have lots nicer scarfs than that. gwb

Anonymous said...
TSB: That's interesting. Tony Blair put together a dossier indicting the top Brit military guys of wall to wall war crimes in Iraq. And I remember thinking we were the criminals and the Brits more civilized. gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: So was the problem that some really old semtex blew up the Palestinian? Doesn't that stuff have a 'use by' date? gwb

TSB said...

GWB: That might be what happened. All plastic explosive will degrade over ten + years, but I suppose it could still deliver a partial yield. My guess is it was something else, since I don't think any kind of high explosive went off in that room. The news photos of the building exterior showed no evidence of a big explosion in a confined space, not even broken windows.

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