The eyes (don’t) have it

And we think WE have it bad in the West, as we sashay our way through London’s streets on Slutwalk, protesting a woman’s right to dress pretty much as she wishes. The lede par, taken from independent Egypt-based news site Bikya Masr pretty much says it all:

Women with sexy eyes in Saudi Arabia may be forced to cover them up, according to the spokesperson of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) in the conservative Gulf kingdom.

Yeah, right. Under sharia law, presumably interpreted to the max, its just not on for a woman to be dressed in a skimpy burka and niqab. She must be fully covered. Or else.

Or else, presumably, those poor helpless men creatures are overcome by lust and can’t do other than rip their clothes off and rape them. Or something.

Seems like a pretty low view of men, to me…but there it is. At least one official body in Saudi Arabia seems to think so.

The full timeline for this rather nasty piece of misogyny began some days back. A man was involved in a fight with a member of Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) “when he ordered his wife to cover her eyes. The husband was then stabbed twice in the hand – and admitted to hospital”.

Actually, the grammar there is a bit dodgy. Who ordered the woman to cover her eyes? The husband? Or the committee member? And who stabbed whom? My first thought was that the woman was particularly incensed by this final affront to her dignity, and snapped.

But maybe it was the committee member. Anyone with closer news, i’d be interested to know (and no: please don’t rely on write-ups in the UK and US press compiled days after the event…they haven’t done any real investigating of their own).

Still, the affair rumbles on. A certain Sheikh Motlab al-Nabet jumped up to say that the committee has the right to stop a women whose eyes seem “tempting” and order her to cover them immediately.

This would be in addition to existing restrictions on Saudi women, which includes the wearing of a loose black dress, covering their hair and in some areas, also covering their face in public or risk fines or worse – perhaps a public lashing.

Now. Will someone please remind me: why did we intervene in Iraq against Saddam? Oh, yes. Something to do with women’s rights, amongst other issues. And who else was on our side. Er, the Saudis.

Funny old world, innit?

jane
xx

21 Responses so far »

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    bobette said,

    I think Iraq was about oil..

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    Shirley Anne said,

    I think those who are completely covered are gay men and they don’t want their partners to get into trouble…..OK a ridiculous statement but you could equally say that their women must be so ugly they need covering over……OK another ridiculous statement but it could be that they are ravashly beautiful and justify hiding themselves from men. It gets worse. You hit the nail on the head when you said ‘seems like a pretty low view of men’. What kind of excuse keeps women hidden from view? I am sure the Qur’an is being misinterpreted here.

    Shirley Anne xxx

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    May I paraphrase you Jane and reassure you that on certain issues ‘we are in fact reading from roughly the same hymn sheet’. Now I have been called variously a racist through to a fascist for expressing my personal view that religion in general should be kept to a personal and private conviction practised in private and my conviction that islam in particular is retrograde form of mind control. As I may have mentioned before and I don’t think I am exaggerating here, driven out of my home which is located in an area with a majority pakistani muslim area. If these ignorant people had been intelligent enough to do a bit of cross referencing their own hadith they might have been enlightened and realised that transsexual people were actually OK by Mohamed!!!!
    I am deeply concerned that the, so called Arab Spring will simple help enable the rise of islamic extremism in all the middle eastern countries the west has meddled in. You asked why we intervened in Iraq well I believe that if you follow the nefarious trail back it would appear that G Bush jnr and snr both have many friends and, more to the point business buddies in both Kuwait and Saudi. Just the oil business and obscene amounts of money, that’s all. No mystery.

  4. 4

    I read somewhere that in Islam women are indeed held to account for male sexuality, which would explain the attitude to rape etc.

    Now, I’m fully aware that this is hardly a winning blow in the irrefutable logic stakes, but personal observation does tend to confirm this. Oddly enough, despite an injunction in the Qu’ran for men to dress modestly as well (AFAIK, women are actually only enjoined to cover their breasts), it doesn’t stop the brazen open-shirt look so beloved of many young men.

  5. 5

    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

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    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

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    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

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    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

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    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

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    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

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    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

  12. 12

    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

  13. 13

    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

  14. 14

    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

  15. 15

    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

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    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

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    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

  18. 18

    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

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    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

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    […] To be honest, I’m not sure I know, or even care that much about the answers. We are but a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so since Saudi Arabia’s committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with sexy eyes” to cover up – or risk a public beating. […]

  21. 21

    […] To be honest, I’m not certain we know, or even caring that most about a answers. We are though a few months on from SlutWalk, and a week or so given Saudi Arabia’s cabinet for a graduation of trait and a impediment of clamp (CPVPV) mooted forcing “women with voluptuous eyes” to cover adult – or risk a open beating. […]


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