Malaysian city urges women not to wear lipstick or high heels
Kota Baru in Malaysia has issued guidelines for its female residents not to wear lipstick or 'noisy' high heeled shoes, so that they can protect themselves from being raped.
[The council spokesman] denied reports that the code was compulsory or that women would be fined for breaking it.
"We just distribute pamphlets. Our minimum guideline is they must wear headscarves," said Azman Mohd Daham. "The rest is up to them. If they want to follow the 100 percent Islamic way, it’s up to them."
The guidelines were distributed to shops and businesses last month.
"We do not advocate tight clothes, too much lipstick or thick make-up, and even the headscarf should not be too transparent," said Mr Azman.
"Women should dress modestly, this is what Islam requires." Around 20 women are fined £75 every month for not wearing headscarfs in the state.
Two thirds of Malaysia’s population are ethnic Malays who are regarded as Islamic by definition and subject to Sharia law.
The rest of the population are ethnic Chinese and Indian and follow other faiths.
I can see their point about women attracting the 'wrong kind of man' but does this really happen with high heels or lipstick? I suppose these things could have something to do with it, but I would imagine there are other factors at work here.
Women have always had a love / hate relationship with heels; they are painful, but sometimes oh so necessary.
A few fun facts about why we love to hate high heels:
High Heels Wreak Havoc on Our Bodies
In addition to making your feet sore, wearing very high heels too often or for too long can cause knee and back pain, as well as a host of other foot problems.
High Heels Can Cause Serious Injury
I once read an article in which an ER doctor described some of the injuries caused by high heel shoes. Among them, was injuries caused by having a stiletto heel rammed into the top of another person's foot on a dance floor. Not all foot injuries sound quite as gruesome, but trust those who've endured them, they all hurt like hell.
High Heels Are Hard to Walk In
Granted, some women seem to have been born wearing high-heeled shoes, and could probably climb a mountain in them -- have you heard about High Heel Races? But for most of us, some things are just less convenient in heels. A few things that come to mind are: icy streets, grassy areas, steep or long staircases, snowy sidewalks, slippery floors, puddles of water, dancing, running, and aerobics ... the list goes on and on.
We may love them, but if high heels were as comfortable as many of us claim, we'd be lounging around in our PJs and evening shoes.