A friend of mine had commented on this post as yet another example of the “miniskirt theory of modernity”(“Afghan women not only attended Kabul University, they did so in miniskirts”). (For those not familiar with the term, it’s not considered to be a particularly valid theory.) And I thought, hey. Why not? Knowing fully well the subjective definitions of most of the terms I use below, I postulate that:
- One of the fundamental aspects of “modern” or just “good” society is education. (Fairly commonly accepted fact, isn’t it?)
- Education, at least what most of us consider the “right” kind of education, is usually highly correlated with tolerance. Of course, there are examples of highly educated but still highly intolerant/caste-ist (better word?) Brahmins, to name just one, but generally speaking, I think the logic works fine (i.e. more often) in the tolerance–>(because of) education direction, if not in the education–>(leads to) tolerance direction.
- In an Islamic country, tolerating mini-skirts really is a pretty big deal. (No first-hand knowledge, but again, seems about right.)
- From points 2 and 3, an Islamic society that tolerates mini-skirts is at least more likely to be somewhat better educated.
- From point 1, a better-educated society is a more modern or at least a better society
Makes sense, no? Of course, there is the fact that even in this “golden age” said miniskirts were worn only by the elite minorities in the cities, which partially proves (because those minorities, at least, were educated) my theory.