It has often been asserted that Islam is a religion of extremism. Yet, in all fairness, the same can be said of western culture when seen from all Islamic prospective. The two systems demonstrate very different ways of life but this does not necessarily mean that they have totally different values. An Islamic society is structured to obtain what many western people believe in and value but what they are unable to achieve through the way their society is structured. Many relationships in the west are treated as casual interludes. This casualness has allowed women to be degraded and men to be abusive. This is seen not only in Hollywood, in modelling and on television, but also in the workplace. This importance of the woman’s personality and character has been taken away and has been Replaced with something else – her appearance. Most significantly there has emerged a society of people set free from morality. No one should wonder why this society is so divorce ridden. Although reasons of divorce vary; one study highlights the distinct difference between Islamic societies (where strong closely knit family structures are the norm) and western style families.
A new study shows the risks of divorce or separation goes up for young married couples in the United States, if they live in an area with plenty of unmarried and unavailable men or women. This suggests many husbands and wives keep an eye out for a better partner. Researcher Scott J. South says “the more possibility they see, the better chance of finding someone worth leaving the marriage for.” He assumes unhappy marriages are especially vulnerable but he could not rule out some effect on people quite satisfied with their marriages who happen to meet the partner of their dreams.
This gives rise to the notion that in societies where casual sexual relationships are condoned and where women and men mix freely, that this could cause the likelihood of divorce to escalate drastically. While some divorces occur because the two people have simply grown apart, the study suggests that in a “liberated” society marriage break-ups are a result of cultural instability and societal pressures.
Furthermore, it seems reasonable to expect that men will have busier eyes when women are on parade in public dressing in order to garner attention. The natural inclination for men to gaze is within their nature and is not something that will go away or change. Men will not one day wake up and have a new sexual orientation, nor will they become magically decentralized to women. The way in which a woman dresses can either deter this inclination in men or heighten or even instigate unwanted attention from men. Today, western men are quite literally saturated by visual stimuli at every turn. Sex and sensuality is a dominating theme. Whether in a work place, in public, or on the TV screen, sex is everywhere.