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Sunday, May 01, 2022 

Religious Judaist communities should not enforce dress codes upon women

This article tells of a religious community that's become hysterical over a woman wearing a tank top:
A religious community in Israel has recently found itself in the middle of a heated debate after observant residents complained to the local committee about a secular member who dressed in a manner they deemed immodest.

Several complaints were filed with the committee, one of which criticized the woman for wearing a tank top, a piece of clothing considered unacceptable according to religious law

The matter prompted a discussion over whether a community can obligate a member to dress in a certain way or if a member can be expected to uphold certain standards.

One resident pointed out that "there were never any clothing rules in this community, and there shouldn't be," and as such, "the committee should not get involved."

I find the conversation itself is immodest, she said, as forcing a woman to dress modestly so as not to draw a man's attention is actually objectifying her.
It most definitely is. And what interpretation of religious law deems such a fine outfit as a tank top to be supposedly unacceptable? Only the most extreme Satmar-style, that's for sure. How do I put this any simpler? Dressing skimpily is not incompatible to Judaism in any way, and to raise everyone to be hysterically uncomfortable with such forms of dress as a tank top does a terrible disfavor to the subjects being raised under such a monumentally stupid education, religious or otherwise. Mainly because there's women who've fallen victim to Islamofascism for even less, and that's one more reason why I believe any Judaist religious community raising their subjects to take such a repellent view of women's fashion, and disrespect women's right to wear what they want, risks blurring the differences between Judaism and Islam. The same can be said for Christianity, since I cannot condone the dress worn by Catholic nuns. I once heard an observant Judaist say a real rabbinical representative doesn't condone dress codes like what you see being advocated today, and that's why this petty behavior has to stop. Because it is divisive, just as it's demeaning.

And the woman herself should sue the council for any harm done to her dignity as a result of this trivial hysteria. It's men who have to learn how to control themselves. This is not something where a woman has to take the acccountability. Not to mention that women can wear what they want.

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