Dear Dixie, I am afraid I have to tell you That it isn't totally sure!!!!!!!
I live here and I didn't see any kind of discrimination.
Men here go to work, own companies, play sports, study abroad, go to parties, get promoted and so do women.
Catholic nuns wear beautiful long gowns because they believe it make them closer to God. We believe the same thing, too.
We don't wear that kind of clothes to gain men's respect. We wear it because WE believe it's a wonderful way to respect our bodies. I can wear whatever I want whenever I want, but why on earth do I need to show every single part of my body to strangers??!!
I buy my clothes from VERSACE, ARMANI and KENZO. Sometimes I wear mini skirts and jeans. But to WHOM I show it? I show it to all the women I know and to my family. Your father or brother will never look to your body as a "SEXY" thing, Don't you think?
As for stranger men we may wear Abayah or Hejab in front of them and I think you understand why now.
I wear Abayah and I am happy with it. It's apart of what I believe in.