We've mentioned it before, but it bears repeating. Many women in Egypt report being harassed by men, even when wearing the pictured niqab or the more common hijab. Seventy-two percent of the 83 percent of Egyptian women that reported being harassed say they were harassed while veiled. Conservative groups in Egypt are encouraging women to adopt hijabs or niqabs to avoid harassment, while some women say they gave it up entirely after experiencing so much harassment — and are harassed less without. Once again, the problem is never what the woman is wearing — or what she was drinking — it's what men feel inappropriately (or illegally) entitled to do about it. [Washington Post]

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@NefariousNewt: I understand where she is coming from, just making a generalization on the comments in the increasing number of threads about hijab and coverings in general for women. A lot of people, specifically in the US, view it as a method of control of women. This can certainly be the case, but is likely not. The number of countries where covering your head is required is actually quite small.

@ruselkie: I kind of understand what you are saying but I think blaming the religion as a whole is just a scapegoat we (non-Muslims) and they (Muslims) BOTH use. Islam isn't really the issue at it's base, it IS just a bunch of ideas. It's the way they are implemented into current society that causes problems.