Say Cheese!

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Women here in Saudi Arabia are very cautious about having their photos taken. In fact, at most weddings, where women only are in attendance, guests are not allowed inside with cameras or cell phones equipped with cameras and must check them at the door. There is strict segregation of the sexes here – men have their own separate function. The “NO Cameras Allowed” policy is to ensure that photos are not taken of women who are not properly covered. The reason for this lies in the fear that another man could see a woman’s face, hair, neck, arms, legs, or cleavage. Men have blackmailed women in this country when the men have somehow gotten their hands on photos of a woman who is not properly covered. This can bring disgrace on the woman and her family, since a woman’s beauty is only for her husband to see. There are now strict laws protecting women from scumbag men who blackmail women like this, however the woman can still get in trouble if she was in any way responsible for the man getting the photos of her in the first place.
The woman in this photo is out in public and is more than properly covered – and yes, I did ask her permission to take this photo! I find it fascinating to see women dressed like this – wearing their glasses outside their veil (called niqab). It just strikes me as peculiar. Whenever I go to the mall or other places out in public, I see many women who look just like this. I have always wanted a photo of a woman wearing glasses like this and she was kind enough to grant my wish. We had chatted briefly inside a shop and I worked up the nerve to ask her, and she said okay. So, thank you, Eyeglass Woman, wherever you are!

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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12 Responses to Say Cheese!

  1. imac says:

    Great photo, but to hide such beauty, is it a good thing??.

  2. Jennifer says:

    It does look peculiar, but kudos to her for allowing you to take the photo and to you for asking her to show us.

  3. Oh, I think I know her. πŸ˜‰

  4. babooshka says:

    Until you mentioned it I can’r recall a woman in the UK who dress like this with glasses, but always beautiful eyes.

  5. Bohol Today says:

    So, where’s the cheese? πŸ™‚ oh, I remember, it’s all covered. Nice post and so interesting.

  6. Well you do things long enough it becomes normal. I would like to think that the coverup is for protection against the sun?I .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MslbhDZoniY But again there are always other things that crave more attention.This is a way of me sticking my head in the sand.For it is a bit sad with the clothes situation.

  7. DeSeRt RoSe says:

    Great picture, it was so nice of you to ask permission and kind of her to accept!

    Geogypsy don’t worry they do get a peek, but only if the guy is serious. It rarely happens that a guy marries someone he has never layed eyes on πŸ™‚

  8. Dina says:

    You got a great picture, mabrouk!

  9. Jacob says:

    So interesting and so sad. A priceless photo with the glasses.

  10. mariamellie says:

    Ow Wow, so courageous susie! and she is so nice allowing you to take the photo of her!

  11. Geogypsy says:

    So I guess the men don’t really know if their future wives are beautiful or not. Or do they get to peak first?

    That was nice of her to allow the photo.

  12. Sonia says:

    Cute! Very interesting post, and yes I always thought it was awesome that no one can’t take a picture of anyone without asking a permission first. I would really appreciate that kind of privacy protection.

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