We talk a lot about misogyny, and rightfully so, but what about gynophobia — the fear of women? That seems to be a factor, though surely not the only one, in these two stories. In the first, a woman is suing El Al airlines for forcing her to change seats because an ultra orthodox Jew refused to sit next to a woman.
A Florida woman is suing Israel’s El Al airlines, apparently in an Israeli court, for gender discrimination after a flight steward on her flight to Israel moved her to a less desirable seat further back in the plane. As reported by Israel Hayom, Digital Journal and Arutz Sheva, Debra Ryder boarded a flight in New York and found that her assigned seat was already occupied by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who had moved to it to avoid sitting beside a woman passenger who was next to him in his original seat. The man refused to move back, and a crew member asked Ryder to instead take the man’s assigned seat so the flight could take off. Ryder had chosen her original seat so she could be near a rest room to facilitate her taking medications. The seat change also resulted in her not getting the vegetarian meal she had pre-ordered.
OMG! I can’t sit next to a woman! I might get cooties!
And here’s the Muslim version. A reactionary Islamist group is demanding that Tunisia strip a woman who won a silver medal in track of her citizenship because — egads! — she wasn’t covered from head to toe.
Radicals on social media networks called on the government to strip Habiba Ghribi, the first Tunisian woman to win an Olympic medal, of her nationality because her running gear was too revealing. She won the silver in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
We could see her legs! Now how will we ever control ourselves? Save us from our own gynophobia and make all women dress like beekeepers!