Anyone who thinks that the misogynism and sexism that was unshackled this year will go back to its dungeon now that it has done it’s work should have his or her head examined. The beast that has been unleashed can very easily lead to unintended consequences. A cautionary tale comes to us from ikbis, where we find this account (and video on the site) of Mini Skirts in the Middle East:
The short skirt was not really worn by many women until 1966 [when Mary Quant introduced short mini dresses and skirts that were set 6 or 7 inches above the knee] and not nationwide until 1967. The mini skirts reached their hayday in the year 1970. At that time,they were worn worldwide by the vast majority of women ,even in many Islamic, Arab, and Middle Eastern countries.In the Middle East ,women wore mini skirts as their daily apparel. From Kabul in Afghanistan to Iran and Bahrain in the Persian Gulf,Egypt,the Levant,North Africa,etc, mini skirts were the trend and it was generally acceptable for many women to wear them, even in the most religious and conservative families and societies.Among women who wore the mini skirts,were most school and university students , teachers and university staff members ,house wives,working classes,employees in governmental institutions,doctors and nurses in hospitals ,etc.This might be surprising to newer generations who never expected mini skirts to have been, at one point in time [1966-1975], so common in the Middle East.Many of younger generations were really astonished,when I happened to show them old photos of their grandmothers,aunts and other older relatives [above 50 ] wearing mini skirts through out their youth .The quick decline of the mini skirt in the middle East began from late 1975,and was virtually non existent by 1977.
Some might argue that the reason for the demise of the mini skirt is quite clear and simple: In Islamic Middle Eastern societies, women are expected to dress modestly and conservatively. Even women, who choose not to cover up completely, do make the conscious choice of covering as much skin as possible by avoiding, among many other things, short skirts.But the question is still the same.[Why,in spite of the previously stated factor,were mini skirts so abundant between 1966-1975 among ordinary Middle Eastern and Arab women from conservative backgounds?]. Why were mini skirts generally tolerated by the society and most families at that time ? More scientific researches are still needed on this topic,[ mostly in the fields of sociology,psychology and other related aspects].
The sharp descent of the skirt in the middle east happened about 1977. Now, what happened in the late 70’s in the middle east that would cause this? Well, we know that that was about the time of the oil embargos, OPEC and the fall of the Shah of Iran, brought about by the rise of Ayatollah Komeini and his rabid band of young and naive followers who took over the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979.
I had an Iranian roommate at one point in time. She left Tehran right after the revolution to live near her brother who was a resident at a local hospital in Pittsburgh. The image I got of Iran from her was that of a country caught between cultures even before the revolution. The culture was still conservative but dress most certainly was not and few women wanted to go back to wearing the chador. But the revolution was brought about by primarily young followers of the new Islamic revival in the middle east who were rejecting the growing autocracy and aristocratic corruption of their rulers. Neither socialism nor capitalism was improving the lives of the average person. The return to religion and conservatism seemed like resetting the clock and starting over. And women were the first ones thrown under the bus. Out came the heavy black coats and babushka style headscarves. Now, 30 years later, women in Iran are still struggling to get back what they lost and the religious leaders have a similar autocratic deathgrip on the country. In Afghanistan after decades of war with Communism and civil war, the results have been much worse.
Could it happen here? Well, probably not as dramatically as in Iran or Afghanistan. But I could see us regressing back a couple of decades in the workplace. Let’s think about it a second. We have a country where real wages haven’t really improved since the 70’s, after adjustment for inflation. Women and men compete for jobs on a more or less equal footing, that is, unless you are in the elite level of politics and business. And now the economy is taking a sharp dive brought on in part by the inability of wages to keep pace with the price of grown-up adult acquisitions, like houses for your current or future family. There is pervasive corruption and a bleak future for the newest adults. What better time for our new First Lady to become Mom-in-Chief and lead by example back into domesticity so that the guys can suck up the jobs and become breadwinners, decision makers and future autocrats? If conpetition is going to get a lot tougher and meaner, women will become the first casualties. It has ever been so.
In fact, it has already happened at least once in our nation’s history.
Bostonboomer reminds me that after World War II, many women who entered the workforce to take up the slack when men went off to fight were given the boot as soon as those men came home.
The c*nt T-shirts may have been aimed at the women who were bold enough to carry and pick up the banner this year but there will be a scattershot effect. Misogyny may have started in the media, but don’t be surprised to see it in an office cubicle near you. This week, I received an unusual email from human resources in my inbox that firmly reiterated the “Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harrassment Policy”. They only run that baby out when there’s been an incident.
Lower those hems, ladies.
H/T to Nell for this article, Hating Hillary, now 6 months old, about sexism unleashed in the primary season. Remember, only one person benefited from it. Hey, if it was working for Obama, why say anything about it? So, when the sexism $#@% hits the fan, you will know exactly who is at fault.
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