Two sides of the same coin? No. Discrimination, well, discriminates differently.
With which we move from Islam to one of the other big three sexist/misogynist religions, in this case, Judaism.
Yup, the one about Jewish men refusing to sit next to women.
Did they think they were all menstruating or what?
If anyone complains about sitting next to fat people, we are labelled fattist. As a skinny person, I can say quite happily, that sitting next to Fatty on the bus, train or ‘plane, does not make for a pleasant journey.
And as for sitting anywhere near screaming obnoxious kids… And the ones who kick the back of your seat?
But I’m not going to stand up and kick up an almighty fuss about it. Luck of the draw.
In this case, ultra orthodox Jewish men, it was your bad luck to get allocated seats within a stone’s throw of a woman.
And, given that Judaism goes down the female line according to halakha rules (which are followed by Orthodox Jews) where would all these men be without women? ie, their mothers and their wives. They and their children would not be regarded as Jewish from birth. They would have to convert.
A while back, Dead Wild Roses linked to an interesting video where a white woman complains about sitting next to a black man. There was an available seat in first class. The black man was upgraded. Imagine half a ‘plane’s passengers complaining about sitting next to someone of a different race. It’s impossible. But women? Sure, that’s valid. Did El Al upgrade any of the offensive women whose mere problem was to be female? Of course not.
Tolerating this behaviour is sexist in the extreme and deplorable. It easily borders onto misogyny. Do not tell me sexism is not still alive and kicking. It is.
Top tip. Don’t fly El Al if you are a woman.