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Why do we think a woman is being subservient or is "controlled" in some way when she covers her head, but think it's perfectly natural to cover our breasts?


Asked by Anonymous at 6:26 PM on Feb. 14, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (21)
  • Neither is covering breasts. In tropical climates it would be viewed as silly...or as being controlled and subservient...

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:34 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • Because most don't agree that covering hair/head is necessary to be modest.

    Answer by SalemWitchChild at 6:32 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • Because in this Country, we don't view hair as sexual.

    Answer by IhartU at 6:34 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • breast are viewed as sexual and most of us live in the US not a torpical country

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:20 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • well i have seen some tops that leave little to the imagination so many don't cover their breast.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:21 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • The health department says so. No Shirt No Shoes No service hats are optional

    Answer by Kattykitten at 7:22 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • I'm fine with head coverings because its cultural too,but I really have a hard time when women start covering their whole face in the US. I can understand why some would do it in other countries for safety, but I don't like it.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:19 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • i cover my head when I pray with my husband.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:23 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • I have no idea. Could be that in this country we are taught that breasts are a sexual thing. And, forgive me if I am wrong, but aren't most Muslim women taught that their hair should only be shown to their husband because beauty lies in a woman ability to grow hair? Now, i may be wrong, but I know there are some religions here in the U.S. (Amish, Menonite) that also cover their hair at least.

    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 8:58 PM on Feb. 14, 2010

  • I have actually never heard of covering being considered a subservient act or that those who cover are being controlled in some way (I do cover for religious reasons). I beg to differ with the poster who commented that those in the US do not regard hair as a sexual thing because I have found that since I started covering, men are less likely to leer or make inappropriate comments around me. I have also found that they tend to treat me with more respect as a person and less like a "sexual plaything" when my hair is covered. Perhaps people do not realize how sexual & sensual hair really is, so they don't acknowledge its appeal, but hair is definately a sexual object much like a woman's breasts are.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 PM on Feb. 14, 2010