Yesterday I came across something I had not paid attention to before here in New York City. I went to buy a can of Iced Tea from a store around the corner from my job. It is owned by a rather pleasant Muslim family. I am not quite sure where they are from, but some hints seem to suggest Pakistan.
In any event, I turned around while waiting for my change and noticed that on the adjacent wall from their register there were all the men magazines such as Maxim and others of that nature, complete with covers showing curvaceous women, scantily clad, exuding sex, sex and more sex.
Now, I think it is safe to say that Islamic countries such as Pakistan, and Islam itself, discourages such overt displays of sexuality, but while I am not saying I see these guys in there getting all moist over the magazines, there seems to be a hint of hypocrisy here where dollars trump religious convictions. The convictions of many in Islam when it comes to women showing too much body parts borders on hostile and is actually met with severe hostility in some places. Just the idea of women not being covered from head to toe drives some in the world of Islam practically insane. Why then is it that I step into stores owned by Muslims selling men’s magazines designed for male pleasure and sex that actually show gratuitous images of women couples pieces of material away from being completely naked? This when under any other situation involving women doing the very same thing, they would be up in arms about it (no pun intended).