In fact, She decrees it's the men who should be sitting at the back. Also, to ensure that their gaze won't fall upon the women, the driver will issue blindfolds to the men.
[...]men told her that she had to get up. Move to the back, they insisted.They were Orthodox Jews with full beards, sidecurls and long black coats, who told her that she was riding a “private bus” and a “Jewish bus.” When she asked why she had to move, a man scolded her.
“If God makes a rule, you don’t ask ‘Why make the rule?’” he told Franchy, who rode the bus at the invitation of a New York World reporter. She then moved to the back where the other women were sitting. The driver did not intervene in the incident.
The B110 bus travels between Williamsburg and Borough Park in Brooklyn. It is open to the public, and has a route number and tall blue bus stop signs like any other city bus. But the B110 operates according to its own distinct rules. The bus line is run by a private company and serves the Hasidic communities of the two neighborhoods. To avoid physical contact between members of opposite sexes that is prohibited by Hasidic tradition, men sit in the front of the bus and women sit in the back.
Perhaps to avoid complete physical contact with women, fundamentalist zealot men of all religious orientation should live on a different planet.
Isn't it interesting how the *brothers* of Judaism and Islam ressemble one another in their hatred of women?
Grand merci to lagatta who provided the source material for this post.