But inside, women were as interested in allure, seduction and pleasure as women anywhere in the world.At home, in the context of marital intimacy, Victoria's Secret, elegant fashion and skin care lotions abounded.
When I wear my headscarf or chador, people relate to me as an individual, not an object; I feel respected." This may not be expressed in a traditional Western feminist set of images, but it is a recognisably Western feminist set of feelings. I put on a shalwar kameez and a headscarf in Morocco for a trip to the bazaar. The Western Christian tradition portrays all sexuality, even married sexuality, as sinful.The West interprets veiling as repression of women and suppression of their sexuality.But when I travelled in Muslim countries and was invited to join a discussion in women-only settings within Muslim homes, I learned that Muslim attitudes toward women's appearance and sexuality are not rooted in repression, but in a strong sense of public versus private, of what is due to God and what is due to one's husband.This may explain why both Muslim and Orthodox Jewish women not only describe a sense of being liberated by their modest clothing and covered hair, but also express much higher levels of sensual joy in their married lives than is common in the West.When sexuality is kept private and directed in ways seen as sacred - and when one's husband isn't seeing his wife (or other women) half-naked all day long - one can feel great power and intensity when the headscarf or the chador comes off in the the home.Mac Lachlan says young trans activists began chanting “TERFs attack, we fight back!