Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
Insomnia
insomnia

Be politically consistant -- take your shirt off.

habibi asked "I wonder why the hijab, burka and various forms of veils that Muslim women choose to wear are so threatening to many Western women?" This simple question has illicited lots of comments.

... and he has a point. Women in the west are more political about the veil overseas than they are about their own shirts and bras. Nevermind the fact that I can be topless in public if I want to be -- no so for women.

Still, even for men, there is a quiet societal restriction; if you're going to take your shirt off, it should generally be done only in certain settings -- at the beach, exercise, at a festival on a hot day yes... in the office at work or as an escape from a shirt and tie during your lunch hour, no.

So, why do men keep their shirts on? Would men start "going homo" or something around other men's heaving chests or something?! Is it for done for women, because there is something violent, oppressive, and sexually harassing about a man without his shirt off? Why is it that we call the least encumbering shirts for men "wife-beaters"?

Maybe America needs a new social movement if it's going to judge Arabic countries about the veil. A coalition of the shirtless or something to that effect.
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