QUOTE(Disillusioned Lackey @ Tue 20th November 2007, 6:02am)
Oh, the Lebanese are another former French colony, and were very modern until the war in the 1980s. Even today, they are not big into hijab, as a general rule. They are more flexible.
The Lebanese are pretty liberal, yes.
I have noticed an interesting thing about women in veils, doing grocery shopping in Europe. You see couples where the woman is veiled and the man is wearing jeans, a baseball cap and Nike shoes. In variably, in this kind of couple, when they get to the checkout to pay, it's the woman who gets out her credit card. I can't remember ever seeing the man paying when you see these couples. It would seem that the veiled woman has control over the family finances.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, but it's obviously not always the man who insists on the veils The veils do seem to have some sort of power attached to them as well. It's rather interesting, really.