skylark, BSN, RN 600 Posts Specializes in ER. Has 37 years experience. Sep 27, 2011 holy ignorance, batman!it has nothing to do with their views of gender roles, it is about their views of modesty.I'm not sure who that comment was aimed at, but there are certainly two issues here, modesty and the role of women in islamic society.Their role can vary for cultural reasons, for example, Iranian women are clearly property, while some more westernized cultures allow womem to work and go out alone.As I said, the city where I am is predominately muslim, and for that reason, the more traditional cultures remain. Chaperones are necessary even if going to the grocery store, they need to have a male relative with them at all times, and cannot speak directly to a male who is not a relative, (even if they are a nurse, doctor, or intepreter, which causes a lot of problems).Can I suggest two things for those who do not work in a muslim culture?Firstly,watch a movie called "Not without my daughter", its on youtube, and tells the story of an American woman who married an Iranian. They went Iran to se his relatives, and her role changed drastically, not even the US Embassy could over-ride the fact that she was his property.Second, find some books by a guy called Patrick Soodheko, (sp?), he is a convert from islam to Christianity, and describes from an 'insider' perspective what living under islam is like.