Reverse Sexism at the Cairo Opera House
Two nights ago, my male Egyptian friend was denied entry to the Cairo Opera House on account of he was wearing a tee shirt with trousers and shoes. We asked the man working by the entrance where the dress code policy was stated and later discovered that it is written in Arabic only. Observing the attire worn by both men and women that evening, the dress code was far more strict on men than women. Men are required to wear “jackets and ties,” while nothing further is stated for women’s attire. Some men who had worn suits, who forgot to wear ties were told to pick up a spare tie, provided by the Opera House itself. Meanwhile, women were allowed to enter wearing whatever they pleased, but no one said anything to these women. I saw women in jeans, sneakers, tank-tops and tee shirts enter the Opera House. Perhaps there should be a clearer stated policy that does not single out men, and “requests” all their guests to adhere to a genderless dress code policy. Otherwise, we can have plenty of men who can show up in “jackets and ties,” but with shorts and flip-flops and women in less formal clothing.