Jewish men look to keep women outta sight

2012-08-07 21:48

Jerusalem - It's the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don't have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed.

In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, side walks and other public spaces in their neighbourhoods. Their interpretation of Jewish law forbids contact between men and women who are not married.

Walls in their neighborhoods feature signs exhorting women to wear closed-necked, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts. Extremists have accosted women they consider to have flouted the code.

Now they're trying to keep them out of clear sight altogether.

The ultra-Orthodox community's unofficial "modesty patrols" are selling glasses with special blur-inducing stickers on their lenses. The glasses provide clear vision for up to a few meters so as not to impede movement, but anything beyond that gets blurry - including women. It's not known how many have been sold.

For men forced to venture outside their insular communities, hoods and shields that block peripheral vision are also being offered.

The glasses are going for the "modest" price of $6.

  • Bob.Cee123 - 2012-08-07 22:20

    Yes, because those evil scantily clad temptresses just can't keep their hands of those chiseled specimens of manliness.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-07 22:47

      These men should stick to themselves in the Rainbow Party.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-08 08:57


      christoffvstaden - 2013-01-07 17:34

      I find it difficult to believe that any of the 3 Abrahamic religions have anything worthwhile to offer. It is sickening to think that in this day & age religious folks still entertain such stupid ideas - the only deduction I can make from this is that religious people are in fact a bunch of uneducated, simple & superstitious folk. I really do not see how any person of average intelligence can buy into this nonsense.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-07 22:27

    Interesting how archaic ideas will insist on prevailing, right down to $6 glasses. Another case of attitudes creating ideas, instead of ideas creating new attitudes.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-07 22:41

      @thumbsdown - it's truly absurd in 2012 to decide what is unacceptable dress let alone believe that seeing such a thing could blind you or contaminate your life in some way. No, rather have magic rose-tinted glasses so that you cannot see life, the world and humanity as they really are.

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-07 23:42

    And why not similar glasses for women who don't want to see the men?

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-08 13:42

      because they are so damn sexy... wouldn't be able to resist those curly locks!

  • petrus.s.fourie - 2012-08-08 03:45

    Should be a top seller to the Taliban, what bliss !

  • lana.crous - 2012-08-08 06:26


      garthandjackie - 2012-08-08 09:02

      @ stephen.scott.376043 ....put your helmet back on and go and colour with your crayons, who let you out anyway!

      DamnTheMan - 2012-08-08 10:42

      @jayzwayz - keep your head in the sand , its saver for you that way , you don't have to think...

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-08 08:32

    Good grief! Some of the extremes that some will go through to mess up their eye sight. What's next - blocking their ears, covering their hands like some Monks (no disrespect intended) does or not going out at all? Just to practice the "see no evil", ("hear no evil, do no evil").

  • Hamrammr - 2012-08-08 08:34

    We as Germanic Heathens (or Pagans) believe women to be equal to men. It was that way for thousands of years, women even fought alongside the men during battles. It was only after the Christians started to convert those willing or to kill those unwilling to convert, that women became second class citizens. It is appaling that the Jews have forced their foreign religious ideas on the rest of the world. Even more appaling is that people still choose to abide those laws and to pray to their dessert god.

      Werewabbit - 2012-08-08 14:19

      Are you only blaming the Jews for imposing their beliefs on others? The church has done similar things in the past (as you just said), and Islam does it still too. this article doesn't say these Jews are imposing their beliefs on others, just themselves- women covering up and men shrouding their eyes for the rest. while this is entertaining, I fail to see how it is offensive

  • mfundi.ndaba - 2012-08-08 08:51

    hahahahaha! This was just too damn funny!!!

      sk.vanderafrika - 2012-08-08 09:38

      Not funny at all,Mfundi!!!

  • Steynje - 2012-08-08 10:24

    It is quite interesting to see a journalist (which I presume wrote this article) wrote the headline like 'Jewish men look to keep women outta sight'. OUTTA!?

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-08 11:36

    lunatics, then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I appreciate how beautiful and stunning a well dressed lady looks

  • rich.mashimbye - 2012-08-08 12:21

    Very funny indeed,next they gorge out eyes do they never see bitches ever again

  • dianne.neyt - 2013-01-07 16:24

    Absolutely bloody ridiculous...this is definitely "hole in the sheet"

  • crystal.gillam - 2013-01-15 18:38

    Not a bad idea considering they are so interbred. I think they are making it up as they go along as there is no basis for this stupid behavior at all. They always have to do something to draw attention to themselves. Then when people pick on them they run under their comfortable blanket of the holocaust again, the one they all so proudly wear, along with the change once a week to the poverty and loss of goods they suffered in the war. Every Jew was filthy rich before the war, or so we are led to believe, ja ja.... (my grandparents too...ja ja) now, not so much, now they just stupid!

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