Friday, July 20, 2007
Have you seen a pinafore lately?
A pinafore (colloquially pinny in British English) is a sleeveless garment worn as an apron.
The pinafore was a type of apron that was pinned over the dress and easily removed for washing. Buttons were frequently damaged with lye cleaning products, which was one reason why dresses were not laundered very often. The pinafore had no buttons, was simply "pinned on the front" which led to the term "pinafore."
So now for my big question, “Where have all the pinafores gone?”
Hey, it’s not that I’m crazy but look around you. When in school we noticed our sisters, friends, sisters of friends and whatever you have studying in their schools (usually convents) wearing pretty pinafores in various colours. The uniform was unvarying till they finished school. However over the years the seniors have a change of uniform where they have to wear often yucky salwars. This I’m told is modest.
It is a commentary of our times that as years go on our modesty has increased. I know some grandmothers who passed out of convents wearing pinafores or short skirts during their school days now seeing their grand daughters go modestly dressed. So were the grandmothers immodest then? Or conversely have few men become more lecherous with the times assuming that the dress code was conceived to protect the girls from such men?
The dress code in colleges today is just an extension of the salwar rule. Frankly we are not very far from the radical mullahs who issue fatwas for immodesty in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Why do we condemn those people when our moral high grounds are as skewed as them? It is purely a matter of a few degrees, in Afghanistan women may not bare their faces, here they may not bare their legs.
Fanaticism and fundamentalism are baring their heads across the length and breadth of our country and the fact that the fundamentalists and terrorists are well educated, even doctors give so much room for worry.
Next time you look at this post and laugh remember the fanatics in the terrorist lands did start from the veil……………….