It is a fascinating truth that people don't tend to get things just a little wrong; more often, when they are wrong, they believe close to the perfect opposite of the truth.
One example is the common claim that Muslim women are oppressed by wearing the abaya and chador.
In the Arab world, black is the colour of kingship, as purple would be in Northern Europe. Only one man, the king, is permitted to wear black. Black; like every abaya.
|Holy Kaaba, Mecca|
What else is clothed entirely in black? Ever seen a picture of the Kaaba? As in, the holiest shrine in Islam, the purported centre of the universe.
So, right, Arab culture devalues and oppresses women. Just as it devalues and oppresses the king and God himself.
Arab women also have the right to cover their faces. Men may not; for a man, to do so would be a crime. Now, in Arab/Muslim culture, who else is ritually shown with their face covered or hidden? God, and the prophets.
Not exactly slumming it here, girls, are we?