Based on an assumption that a woman should not draw attention to herself in public, can it be considered lack of Tznius to sneeze in public?

Is one required to attempt to stifle sneezes even if it has a potential health hazard or if one has allergies?

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    Buchor amid, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for bringing your question here! Could you please edit this question to include some indication of why you think there may be such a requirement. Is this a requirement you've learned of in some class? Is it something you've seen observed in practice?
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    11 downvotes? Really? On a question that was asked so recently, by a new user? (That's not to say that I think it is the best question ever asked, but please, people!) Jan 14, 2019 at 1:20

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Talmud in Bechorot 44b says, a man can urinate even in public to avoid health problems. Because, at least at the Talmud time, one could be ill and sterile if he was retaining from urinating.

So, IMHO, a fortiori here, a woman should never retain from sneezing for the health problems that could arise.

Besides the serious lack of sources to the assumption that sneezing in public shall be not tznius.

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    AFAIK In Talmudic times, they had everyone urinating in public, It wasn't considered indecent see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilet#Ancient_history
    – Al Berko
    Jan 5, 2019 at 19:30
  • @AlBerko From the sugya in Bechorot seems, it was considered embarrassing (and maybe indecent), but for the sake of health...
    – yO_
    Jan 5, 2019 at 19:43
  • I +1 your answer, I liked your logic, though. Keep in mind that the Talmud spans hundreds of years and different kingdoms. Different times different customs. I just point to the fact that in ancient Greece and Rome it wasn't so embarrassing.
    – Al Berko
    Jan 5, 2019 at 19:50
  • @Al If you haven't seen already, check Berakhot 23a-b. I wouldn't say based on this that it was considered acceptable to urinate wherever you happened to be... Jan 6, 2019 at 12:09
  • @AlBerko for the general population, yes. But Jewish customs might have been different, which they usually are
    – larry909
    Feb 5, 2021 at 9:08

Only sexually appealing behaviors that draw attention to woman's body are forbidden, such as bright or immodest clothes.

A woman that carries a triplet stroller is not considered Not Tznuah even if it draws a lot of public attention.

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    @Buchoramid I don’t think we’re concerned for such a small group of people. Most people do not have a sneezing fetish. Would you say that we’re concerned for people attracted to tichels or wigs?
    – DonielF
    Jan 8, 2019 at 15:35
  • @DonieF You would be surprised as to the number of people i have encountered this in my family and view it as potential threat Jan 9, 2019 at 14:21

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