Saturday, January 21, 2012

Enforced Modesty: Just Another Form of Hyper-Sexualization



"It is the male gaze — the way men look at women — that needs to be desexualized, not women in public. The power to make sure men don’t see women as objects of sexual gratification lies within men’s — and only men’s — control."


- Dov Linzer in an op-ed piece for the New York Times, published January 20, 2012, on the topic of the increasingly heated struggle in Israel between civil society and ultra-Orthodox Jews over the role of women in their society. In a highly publicized incident last month, an eight year old girl was harassed, insulted and spat on by ultra-Orthodox adult men on her way to school, ostensibly for not being dressed modestly enough.