When Surveillance Replaces Ethical Conscience

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Badriya al-Bisher on plans announced by the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice to hire women in their ranks:

Seems like the commission believes it is not enough for its staff to stand at university gates, stores, beauty salons, and photography studios because it is no longer enough to guard morals from the outside, especially as far as women are concerned, as if morals are exclusive to the commission. Here an overlap of powers might take place with certain entities giving up their authority to allow the commission to do its job properly. Do not be surprised when you see teams of commission women storming women-only wedding celebrations to check what the guests are wearing. The commission assumes that it is not enough for a woman to be monitored by her family and they need an external censor.

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