Trust me, you’ll like this one… but I almost didn’t write this editorial article. It was to only be about the young woman in Saudi Arabia arrested for wearing suggestive clothing in a video. Then I saw one of several news stories about the LPGA’s new dress code, and have decided to include it for contrast, perspective, and to reveal the widespread hypocrisy about dress codes. Now I get to get medieval on my keyboard while wearing summer shorts and keeping an eye on CNN – Trump’s favorite Creative News Network.
At the time I’ve started writing this, 10:30am CT, the Chicago Tribune has just reported the woman has been released…
- A young woman became the center of a controversy about clothing in Saudi Arabia after a video was posted online that showed her wearing a short skirt and cropped top in one of the nation’s most conservative provinces.
- The woman was arrested by Riyadh police for wearing “suggestive clothing,” state television station al-Ekhbariya reported Tuesday.
- But after an international outcry over the arrest, Saudi Arabia said the woman has been released without charge.
- In a statement published Wednesday by the Saudi Center for International Communication, Riyadh said police had questioned the woman for several hours but not charged her. The video had been published without her knowledge, the statement said.
Here’s a copy of the video from a YouTube posting…
Not bad. One of the “looks” I’ve always liked over the years, of the young woman in the video. Not dressed to kill, but casual – just right – not too far left. My further opinion, perfect hair and perfect legs – usually getting my attention more than anything else. Yep, I’m a “leg man” and like women with long hair too. Who needs NASA? The “Rockettes” of Radio City Music Hall have legs all the way up to the moon. Enough drooling. It’s not lunchtime here yet. Yeah, funny.
If I had seen the video without the related news story, I might have believed it to be a segment to be included in a TV commercial for travel, vacations, a particular place for a free-spirited young woman to escape to. Yeah, funny.
More excerpts from the Chicago Tribune…
- In the video, the woman is wearing a skirt that stops above her knees and a top that shows her midriff; her head is uncovered.
- Such an outfit runs afoul of conservative Islamic ideas about women’s dress that are prevalent in Saudi Arabia. The country legally requires women to cover themselves while in public by wearing an abaya, a loose-fitting cloak. Traditionally, Saudi women are also expected to wear some kind of hijab or head covering, and some opt to cover their face with a niqab.
- Although foreigners are usually exempted from such rules and Saudi women often find ways to evade them, many conservative Saudis feel strongly about the dress codes.
- Ushayqir appears deserted in the video, but the footage soon spread online and quickly drew criticism – with many Saudis using a hashtag that calls for the woman to face trial.
- Some argued that since the woman lived in Saudi Arabia, she should accept its laws. “Just like we call on people to respect the laws of countries they travel to, people must also respect the laws of this country,” Saudi writer Ibrahim al-Munayif wrote on his Twitter account.
…I agree with Saudi writer Ibrahim al-Munayif.
I’ve always believed in “each to their own way of life” as long as it does no harm to others and their freedom to live their own chosen way of life. One way of life should never be forced on others of a different way of life – including businesses, culture, government, language, politics, professions, religion, and social. I’d go a few steps further to modify the related laws for Saudi Arabia as well as all other countries if I had the power to do so.
There should be “closed areas” or “designated protected cities and lands” where the laws are absolute and apply to all people therein – no exceptions. Even so, those who violate a dress code or any other laws – mainly nonviolent violations, would have a choice: Accept the punishment to remain therein, or reject the punishment to be deported – banished from the “closed area” for life. Any attempt to return after deportation would be considered an act of war to invade and force foreign ways on the people of the “closed area” and could then justify the death penalty.
There would be “open areas” for tourists, other foreigners, foreign businesses, and foreign governments including embassies where laws and rules would be much less strict. Further, such “open areas” would be ideal for liberal or moderate citizens of the host country to live, work, and socialize freely with each other and with foreigners without violating any laws resulting in any kind of punishment or deportation. So they get to keep their citizenship with expanded freedoms, but would not be entitled to the kind of benefits granted to those citizens who chose to live under the laws within the “closed areas” of the country.
Anyone over in the so-called Middle East really believe the Wild Wild “West” isn’t just as strict if not more so for some subjects? Advertisers and news media show you want they want you to see, usually a minority perspective as if it has magically overnight become the new majority. Liberals outnumber conservatives? No. It’s about even. The greater truth is the real majority are made up of independents – centrists or moderates – accounting for at least 51% of We The People. Even so, you only see the reported battles between liberals and conservatives. Not so much news about independents – while we are quietly waiting for liberals and conservatives to obliterate each other to death and beyond so we can then take over the world without any resistance. Yeah, funny.
Now consider the new dress code of the LPGA. Here’s an excerpt from the “Golf Channel” – one of the many news sources reporting it today…
- The new LPGA dress code in effect at this week’s Marathon Classic in Toledo, Ohio, is creating debate inside and outside of golf over women’s fashion rights.
- “I honestly have been shocked by the response to it,” 11-time LPGA winner Stacy Lewis told reporters Tuesday at the Marathon Classic. “You look at other sports, the NFL, the NBA, they have a dress code when they’re playing. They have a dress code when they travel. They have a dress code at functions. You guys with your jobs, you probably have a dress code, as well. I honestly don’t understand the kick back we had from addressing the issues that we had on this tour, because I think we needed it to be honest.”
- The LPGA’s new dress code no longer allows:
- • Plunging necklines
- • Skirts, skorts or shorts that do not sufficiently cover a player’s “bottom area”
- • Racerbacks without a mock or regular collar
- • Joggers
- • Leggings, unless they are worn under a skirt or shorts
Golf courses have dress codes for members and spectators too, not just the players, as well as some other rules that only upper class blue book social snobs could dream up. I could get kicked off of a golf course for the same reason I got kicked out of hell and sent back to earth recently – screaming too loud, disturbing other condemned souls. The playing of golf should count as time already served in hell anyway. Watching it is worse. Yeah, funny.
Sports. It’s a profession. A job.
Most employers have a dress code. Many require uniforms, not too different from sports or the military.
So why complain about countries where all the citizens basically dress the same? Consider the men of Saudi Arabia – that “look” is worthy of respect and in my opinion is a kind of top quality art. Compare them to the ugliness of North Korea uniforms.
A dress code and related working conditions contributed to my decision to not accept an apprenticeship as a draftsman with an architectural firm when I was age 21 – 40 years ago. The draftsmen were required to wear suits and ties. I’ve never been a suit and tie kind of guy. Also, no soft drinks and junk food anywhere near the work stations, as well as no music allowed. For me to be engaged in art – drawing – I’d have to have the right music on in the background, soft drinks and junk food within reach, and dressed casual for comfort.
So I chose another profession for apprenticeship, on-the-job-training, hands-on experience, earn while I learn. I worked in electronics repair for 10 years. My first full time profession. Eventually I ran night and weekend service calls mainly at bars and nightclubs to repair juke boxes, pinball games and video games. My professional life ended up meshing perfectly with my social life. When visiting those same places on my own time in normal casual clothing the female customers at those places would not give me the time of day – or night. When there in uniform and on a service call women would approach me and ask me out. Or usually inviting me to come home with them for dinner because I was so skinny back then they were concerned for my health and wanted to put more meat on my bones. So that’s the way it went with plenty of hamburger helper meals. Why me? Why not other men in better condition? The uniform. One woman explained it to me when I once inquired. “Your uniform has your name tag on it so you can’t lie about your name like most men here do. Your uniform has the name of the company you work for so you can’t lie about your profession and where you work like most men here do, and we’ll know where to find you. Your uniform is proof you have a job, income, and here we can see you doing your job – electronics repair – so we know you are not a dumbass.”
Also, most businesses – such as stores – have dress codes. “No shirt, no shoes, no service” reads the posted signs. Those dress codes are mainly for health reasons. The bottom line is you can get kicked out of a store same as being kicked out of a country for not dressing appropriately.
Even nudists at a nude beach have a kind of dress code. Or lack of. Yeah, funny.
Want to dress a certain way? Then go to where others dress that way.
“When in Rome, do as the Romans.” Meaning, when visiting a foreign land, follow the customs of those who live in it. At dinner one evening here in the U.S.A.with my brother-in-law visiting from England, he noticed I was handling the knife and fork the way the British do instead of the way Americans do. He inquired. I explained by modifying the old “When in Rome” saying. I said, “When in good company” (meaning him as my guest), “do as the good company does.” I added a discovered truth. “Your way is more practical anyway.” That got me some respect for respecting the ways of guests within my own country. I did not have to give up my own identity to be reasonable. There usually is a right place and time for most things. Make foreigners feel welcome. It’s the diplomatic thing to do. It could result in experiencing the best of both worlds.
Editorial Article by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma USA
Wednesday 19 July 2017