These two boxes of hair color caught my eye in the window of a bath and beauty shop. I’ve seen many products like this with women’s faces scribbled out with big black markers, but I hadn’t really seen any censored quite like this before. Several small stickered price tags have been creatively applied to the female face’s eyes, nose and mouth. For religious reasons, Saudi women are required to cover their hair, skin, curves, and many cover their faces too, from the eyes of men who are not immediate blood relatives. Censorship is quite extreme in this country – I’ve even seen Winnie the Pooh picture books with black marker scribbled over Piglet (pork is forbidden in Saudi Arabia) and entire pages torn out of magazines and books.
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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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