It would be funny if it wasn't so ridiculously sad. Not only will the women of Saudi Arabia need to cover up their bodies and faces when in public, women unfortunate enough to have "sexy eyes" will soon have to cover them up, too, lest they tempt Saudi men.
Saudi Arabia's Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Sheikh Motlab al Nabet hopes to pass a law that would force women with "sexy eyes" to conceal them in public.
Currently Saudi women must wear a long black robe called "abaya" which leaves only a slit-like space to enable them to see. Those who appear in public without the "abaya" are punishable with fines and public flogging.
As absurd as it sounds, according to the Daily Mail, a member of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice suggested the law after a "fell to the wiles of a woman with sexy eyes." His straying glance led to a fight in which he was stabbed in the hand by the woman's husband.
Founded in 1940, the Committee is essentially the morals "watchdog" of Saudi Arabian society, ensuring that it keeps to the strict morality of Koranic laws.
Not only is the Committee responsible for the women's driving ban, it refused to evacuate girls from a burning school fearing that the mere sight of the "immodestly" dressed girls in the holy month could cause men to sin. In the end, 15 girls died in the blaze while the Committee considered the best means to move them without tempting the men.
Apparently the Committee has the full backing of the state. In fact, King Abdullah recently gave an extra 200 million riyals ($53 million) to the Committee, to perform its duty of promoting virtue and preventing vice.
Feminism, what? I know dogs who get treated better than this. Even those with nice eyes...