A couple of nights before the start of Ramadan, we happened to be at a local mall and noticed that a stage was ready within the mall for some type of entertainment. Later when we walked back by, a type of contest, or game show if you will, was in progress. There was a Master of Ceremonies (who was quite good, even though I couldn’t understand what he was saying in Arabic) attracting plenty of attention, and there were young boys who were performing passages from the Quran in an apparent contest. The proud parents gathered around the stage which was decorated with balloons and lights and advertising for the sponsor, a large mobile phone company. But what struck me was that men (in white and assorted colors) all grouped over to the left in this venue and the women (in black) were all gathered over on the right, definitely separated from having contact with the men – except in the center where the imaginary line was drawn. I guess this way women in the crowd will not be groped innappropriately or goosed by strange men. But it also means that husbands and wives cannot oogle together about their talented youngsters. Is segregation like this really necessary? If you live in other countries, have you ever been inappropriately touched when in a crowd? What do you think?
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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