In The God of Marriage – NYTimes.com a young Orthodox woman overhears a conversation of two women talking about how their single married friends won’t talk to them.
It’s the perpetual complaint of the single girl — until she herself is no longer single, and becomes busy with wedding registries and guest lists and then a kitchen and then diapers.
and how the weddings they attend have a men’s side and a women’s side and that some men they know want women who are more religious, or are bearded for religious reasons or are scholarly.
She is (spoiler alert)
shocked to see that they are not fellow Orthodox Jews but Muslim women in hijab.
I cannot fathom why she is shocked.
Edges of fundamentalism look similar in whatever religion it takes hold of. And female-centric modesty almost always goes hand in hand with a kitchen and diaper focused role for women.