Why would people care about women's hymen? "Bleeding on the wedding night is still the proof of the bride's honor in Egypt and Middle Eastern countries" - explains Egyptian journalist Marwa Rakha in Global Voices. An ad for the product runs like this:
Restore your virginity in five minutes with the new technologically advanced product. Kiss your deep dark secret goodbye for only 15$ … no surgery … no needles … no medication … no side effects … only 15$.
Souad Abdel Rasoul from Radio Netherlands spotted the core of the problems of Arab Muslims:
China is a country that has really understood us and revealed our truth, our diseases, and our obsession with image but not content. We are a contradictory nation that suffers from severe schizophrenia.
By selling us prayer beads, Ramadan lanterns, Hajj clothes, veiled Barbie dolls, Islamic swimsuits, and no hymens, China has been caressing the “Islamic” concept inside all of us by providing us with the image of what we want others to see in us, even if it is just a lie.
A commenter on the Global Voices post says:
I personally feel really disturbed with this all subject; virginity can or cannot be considered a moral value, but reducing it to a simple mechanical part that can be “repaired”, “checked” or “verified” has something deeply wrong related to it.