In a strict Muslim country where men actually hold paying jobs censoring books and magazines by applying black marker to photos of women showing exposed skin, I can only shake my head in disbelief when I see something like this window dressing in an upscale mall here in Jeddah. I just don’t get it! The store mannequins here are all headless (reason: something about idolatry), and it is perfectly ok for them to expose skin or expose their erect nipples through the sheer fabric draped over them. But in a magazine, seeing an image of a woman’s bare arms is too much for the good people of this country to be able to handle, so it is censored by being scribbled over with black marker.
How does this make any sense? I would love to understand this, but I just can’t wrap my head around all the contradictions of this place. Women can’t drive because it’s not safe, but it’s perfectly okay for 8 year old boys to be behind the wheel? When out in public women must cloak themselves in black from head to toe, but it’s okay for store displays to feature mannequins which show off their skin and nipples? Women are not supposed to be alone with men other than their own husbands (or other relative), yet they must resort to having male drivers or riding in taxis with total strangers because women are denied the right to drive.
There are so many things that just don’t make sense to me here – and I doubt that they ever will!
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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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