Women and men in both parties say sexual harassment allegations reflect ‘widespread problems in society’

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Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Surely, Allah is well aware of what they do.

And say to the believing women that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts, and that they disclose not their natural and artificial beauty except that which is apparent thereof, and that they draw their head-coverings over their bosoms, and that they disclose not their beauty save to their husbands, or to their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands or their sons or the sons of their husbands or their brothers, … . And they strike not their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may become known. And turn ye to Allah all together, O believers, that you may succeed. (Al Quran 24:30-31/31-32)

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Source: Pew Research Center

By a wide margin, the U.S. public views recent reports of sexual harassment and assault as more reflective of widespread problems in society rather than acts of individual misconduct. Majorities across all demographic and partisan groups – including men and women in both parties – hold this view.

Overall, two-thirds of Americans (66%) say the recent allegations “mainly reflect widespread problems in society,” compared with just 28% attributing them mainly to individual misconduct, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Nov. 29-Dec. 4 among 1,503 adults.

Women are more likely than men (71% vs. 60%) to see allegations of sexual misconduct as mainly reflective of broad societal problems. Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (70%) are also somewhat more likely to say this than Republicans and Republican leaners (61%).

Among Republicans and leaners, women are more likely than men to say the recent allegations reflect widespread problems in society – 69% of GOP women say this, compared with 54% of Republican men. Gender differences among Democrats are more modest (74% of Democratic women see the allegations as a societal problem vs. 66% of Democratic men).

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7 replies

  1. I am so happy to see the news recently where many senators have been accused the sexual harassment and then resigned. It is cool and gentlement.
    Women should be respected by male. The rule can protect the women. Not hijab or burqa can protect women from the sexual.
    The best protection for women is the rule .
    With ❤️

  2. I agree with Somi. Hijab or no hijab is going to protect women and young girls (even boys) against sexual predators and harassment. The problem is men! Men may be chemically wired to be over-sexual, but they should also be taught and/or even treated for their barbaric instincts. Perhaps next a vaccination to moderate those instincts. Life will still continue!

    The head covering has its origin in the Middle East, it was their tradition, as the images of Mother Mary shows above, and many Christians, including Orthodox Christians still wear a head scarf, but it has largely disappeared over the past century. Other head coverings have now become popular, mainly to protect against the weather conditions.

    The main thing is to dress modestly, but even that is open to interpretation. I was shocked when a friend recently said that he told his daughters not to walk around the house showing their legs. We Westerners have long passed that stage. In fact 50 years ago many Muslim women did not wear the hijab, and even now many young women wear Western dress, and the head dressing seems more like an additional fashion and/or identity statement.

    The Queen of the UK is surely a good example of modest dress!

  3. Many good points Renate Chaudry.

    It seems that exposure to nudity on beaches, immodest dressing and pornography has made many men hypersexual. There needs to be a multidimensional solution to this problem not merely legislation.

    Peace and love!

  4. Zia H Shah – It isn’t a straightforward matter. There seems to be a great deal of sexual perversion about. We are now hearing much more about these issues, something I wasn’t even aware of when young. It’s obviously not a new thing. Women in the Muslim world hide from men for fear of what might happen to them, so it has become a tradition. Nudity as such is not the cause of male excitement, there are many nudist beaches and other places popular with both male and female Europeans, and if anything it detracts from sexuality (or so I’ve been informed). But certain dress and over-exposure can excite men, and those who already have an over-active or perverted predisposition to sex will be affected, and sadly there are many, too many! Call it a sickness or in old-fashioned language a demon. Of course, not all men are like.

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