Take for example of such a request was made at an art exhibit here in the US it would be considered Discrimination plain and
Interesting question whether it would be or not. It is entriely possible that the women in the film agreed to the filming on the condition that it not
be exhibited to men. Since the film would not exist except that it not be shown to men, it is difficult to argue that my rights as a man include
watching the film.
Regardless of why they thought that was a good idea, the women do own their likeness and the right to exhibit their likeness for money (for example, a
museum admission charge). If the film maker does not own the right to exhibit the film to men, then she cannot sell it to the museum.
A museum might decide not to show the film under those conditions. However, it is not at all clear that they couldn't in the United States. If there
was a problem, it would most likely be under some state or local public accommodations law, or perhaps something the museum agreed to in order to be a
government grant recipient or contractor. These things vary too widely across the country to generalize. Even then, the United States Constitution
protects the free exercise of religion. If the women's property rights (in their own likenesses) do not prevail, then their religious preference just
What makes some cases seem tricky is that what many of us want is to live in a world where people don't base their personal choices on the tastes of a
Seventh Century warlord with a messiah complex. Unfortunately, just at the moment, a billion people do base their choices on just that.
I am a libertarian - I favor people doing what they want, so long as its peaceful, doesn't deprive others of their rights, and regardless of why they
want to do what they want to do. If these women don't want me looking at them, meh.
Bigger picture: let the free world see what a Shari'a world would be like. So, some guys don't see some Qatari women plan a wedding, but everybody
receives a practical, and relatively painless, example of what a world where every aspect of life is vetted by religious police wouild be like. That's
political theater. Bring it on.
edit on 27-8-2012 by eight bits because: (no reason given)