Originally Posted by mamabadger
I have wondered about that too. If being veiled frees women from being judged by their appearance, protects their privacy, and so forth, why wouldn't it be a good thing for men as well? They would protect modesty even better if both sexes wore them, since people would not be able to tell men from women.
Questions like this, I think, tend to arise out of a culture which holds that social markers of gender should be erased to achieve some sort of equivalence between men and women to ensure that neither (but obviously particularly women) is left in an inferior position. Which is fine, but I think the hardest thing for many people, particularly women who feel they have benefited from this ideal, to understand is that this idea is not a universal truth.
While one can get into the religious arguments on the subject, in the end men and women are not the same where they choose not to be simply because they do not want to be. We want to have different roles and we want to tell one another apart. To do otherwise would be to artificially impose a means of equality for the sake of the comfort of observers moreso than participants.