All this (confected??) hysteria completely ignores the reality that females are sexually humiliated (by our standards) daily in countries with a particular religious faith.
So y'all want to ban Qatar now.. but a year ago they were just wonderful ?
The treatment (or more correctly the mis-treatment) of women in the middle east on a daily basis is deplorable and the lack of any reluctance to subject them to this process is in hindsight not out of the ballpark.
The outrage of it happening to Australian citizens shows clearly how we are often willing to turn a blind eye when it comes to enjoying our comforts and conveniences while making our trips to and through "interesting" and "exotic" foreign lands.
Not attempting to pass judgement, however, I puzzle as to why there hasn't been similar outrage at Australian citizens being pulled off flights in China and imprisoned for months or years without trial or any evidence being presented. Is that because they were male and not female, or because they were of Asian appearance, or because they had political views that did not align,
I think there's two things going on:
1) The hysteria and outrage calling for a boycott of the airline and the country - and you are both right in that this has just come about because it has happened to "one of us" , even though it happens on a daily basis to others. Probably the vast majority of those people insisting on not allowing the airline to fly here and asserting a boycott of the airline, might never have flown on QR in the first place.
2) The group of people who are saying "I refuse to fly QR any more", because they are worried that this might happen to them, and thus is a safety/privacy concern for that individual in their circumstance. Women probably can say this, men less so. But in some ways, no different to people avoiding MH because they are worried about their safety.