This isn’t a sign calling on men to force women to wear Abayas, but forcing them to wear the right kind of Abayas.
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,” the signs have been seen as an offence to women by some residents in the kingdom, the Saudi Gazette reported on Friday.
Abayas are a traditional loose over-garment, essentially a robe-like dress, worn by most women in the Gulf.
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.