Fashion magazine takes on bus segregation

Fashion magazine 'BelleMode' addresses gender separation in highly-sexualized photos.

February 10, 2012 11:31
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BelleMode's controversial bus photos.

BelleMode bus segregation fashion 390. (photo credit: Lior Nordman, Belle Mode )

Fashion magazine

Gender segregation on public buses, still practiced on some lines despite being officially illegal, has sparked outrage both within and outside of Israel. The ultra-Orthodox insist that it is more comfortable for all members of the haredi community, who aim to avoid physical contact with one another.

Women's rights supporters say that sending women to the back of the bus turns them into second-class citizens and infringes on their rights. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even compared the practice to US racial segregation, and said it made her worry for Israeli democracy.


BelleMode editor

Photographer Lior Nordman says women's sexuality is important.

Referring to the argument that women must be modestly dressed to avoid unwanted male attention, he says "I am surrounded by minimally dressed women at least four times a week, and I still manage to keep control of myself."


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