This makes a lot of sense.
British author Salman Rushdie said the West had failed to grasp the extent to which Islamic extremism was rooted in men’s fear of women’s sexuality.
Rushdie told German weekly magazine Stern that his latest novel, “Shalimar the Clown”, dealt with the deep anxiety felt among many Islamic men about female sexual freedom and lost honor.
I’m probably not alone in imagining a parallel here with Victorian England (which includes 19th century America). It is pretty easy to consider the subjugation of women necessary if you buy the idea that a glimpse of a woman’s ankle could lead to the ruination of civilization.
It’s pretty hard to maintain that attitude in an open, industrial society where anybody is the least bit introspective.
I do not belittle the importance of honor, but facile use of that word as an excuse to deny women equal opportunity was scrapped in Western civilization a century ago.