Women don’t get to wear shorts to a temple, but men get to roam around semi-naked. Mostly because when a woman is openly strutting about without covering her knees and shoulders, she is capable and perhaps bound to distract other worshipers, specifically men. Why is it so naively assumed that women can’t get aroused on the sight of half naked men? It is a place and an event of piety and sanctitude, yes, and there should be no conversation of the primitive instincts of flesh because the entire purpose of building a special holy environment is to enable transcendence beyond corporeal instincts to higher spirituality. But the hypocrisy in the conventional concept of nudity is alarming, and more so the lethargic attitude with which this issue has been allowed to fester and fix itself in our cultural sensibility. Impossible as well as unreasonable moral and physical self-restraint is expected from women. They have been completely denied from the option of being sexually aroused at personal will. Perhaps, this was a suggestion of chastity in some millennium but in the contemporary times it is subtly oppressive and evidently unfair. If we can imagine and accept the reality that a woman’s flesh may turn a man on; we owe it to the other 50% of the world’s population to imagine, admit, accept and celebrate the fact that a man’s flesh can turn a woman on too.


  1. I’ve often wondered why these predefined norms of our society are directed towards women only. People tend to confuse religion with culture and tradition. The result is a hodge podge of senseless expectations and norms. Can we ever grow out of this or will there always just be a small educated proportion of the population speaking out against the unreal picture?


  2. Your temple in India and my mosque in Pakistan. Both places, women are expected to be the ones chaste and unappealing so as to not attract any unnecessary gaze and unholy thought in the men around them. How we are all stuck in the same bubble of unreal expectations.


    1. Usually it’s reassuring to meet someone with familiar experiences, but in this case it’s just sadder. I’m sorry this unreasonable bias is limited to one religion only. What solutions can you think of?


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