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Reverse Sexism at the Cairo Opera House

He's still wearing the required "jacket and tie"

An alternative to the Cairo Opera House dress code

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.

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  1. August 7th, 2012 at 17:01 | #1

    The same applies for Greece, women most of the time are formally dressed even when they go out for shopping in the local supermarket!

  2. Anum
    April 12th, 2012 at 01:18 | #2

    Good point!

  3. April 11th, 2012 at 19:56 | #3


    Tickets that I have state 7 rules in both Arabic and English. They include “Pagers and cellular phones are prohibited inside the auditorium” and as u must know phones keep ringing throughout many performances and concerts.
    Reg dress code, I support your argument though bit differently as taking it even further, one wonders why ppl entering the opera have to abide to Western formal dress code, as according to the rule “Jacket and tie are compulsory for the Main Hall”. Formal doesn’t have to be tie and jacket. I was always wondering: will a classy formally dressed person lets say from India, wearing their traditional formal outfit be sent back home?

  4. Anum
    April 11th, 2012 at 15:29 | #4

    Most of the women were wearing mostly formal attire that evening, but I did see some women in jeans, sneakers, one woman in a tank-top, and another in a tee-shirt. However, no one refused entering these women into the Opera House, whereas men could only enter in suits. Even men in suits, but without ties, were told to put on a tie. On my ticket, it did not state the dress code in English. I did however inquire about this at the tickets office, and only then did he provide me with another paper with the dress code written (jackets and ties for men)–nothing is stated for women.

  5. April 11th, 2012 at 15:18 | #5

    You make a point… though you’ll find that ladies wear mostly formal in most of important events at the Main Hall. You’ll hardly find women in T-Shirts or jeans…
    Just a small note: formal attire rules (tie and jacket) are stated in English at the back of the ticket

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