MyWorld: BAN THE BRA … salesmen!!!

This is a typical scene in the oldest part of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where there are shops galore selling just about anything you might be looking for. In this strictly conservative and religious society where men and women are separated from socializing together, only men are allowed to work as salesclerks in all the shops. What this means, ironically enough, is that a woman is forced to seek the assistance of a strange man when she needs to purchase new undergarments. A couple of years ago, a law was passed here in KSA that provides for women to be allowed to sell lingerie to other women, but to date there has not been much progress in the way of change to make this happen. So starting on February 13th and lasting for two weeks, women have organized a boycott of shops that continue to employ only male lingerie salemen to protest the situation.
To see a photo of a man peddling panties and bras, see my previous post on this blog. To read more about this topic, visit SaudiWoman’s blog, and another article on the same subject at ChezChiara.
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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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15 Responses to MyWorld: BAN THE BRA … salesmen!!!

  1. Foo says:

    Why not consider moving out of Jeddah then? Things like this are not going to change overnight. Plus life in such a restrictive society might not be good for the kids.

  2. jveeds says:

    I think the boycott (or should it be “mancott”) should last a month. (And no cheating by buying up extra undies beforehand at the usual male sales stores.)

    Of course I have no vested interest in this one way or another since I neither buy women’s undergarments nor wear them but I have to completely agree with the concept: buying intimate apparel from males is just creepy to start with…and even more so given the rules about segregation of the sexes.

    Can the ladies hold out with their current supplies for a few weeks? Is there anything forbidding local or native women from buying online?

    Go get ’em gals!

    • Thanks for your support, Veeds! I know of many expats who purchase their unmentionables when they are outside the country, myself included, for just this reason. It IS creepy! I’ve only ordered once online and got everything okay, but the shipping charges are pretty expensive.

  3. jveeds says:

    I think the male crossdressers should go to my new website:

  4. Judy says:

    A boycott!! Great idea. That is how change gets a start. Hit them in the wallet. That seems to be where it hurts the most. I hope it works.

  5. B Squared says:

    Keep us posted on the results.

  6. Chiara says:

    Great title and pic! Thanks for linking my post. I have further lingerie plans! LOL 🙂

  7. Yanbulady says:

    When H&M was the first to employ women in their (separate and for women only) undergarment and nightwear shop in Jeddah about 2 years ago I had good hopes that others would follow….
    After living here a couple of years I should have known better!
    I never buy any underwear in this country just because of the salesmen; when I go out maybe twice a year I get whatever I need.

  8. Geogypsy says:

    Right On! Burn the Bra! How entirely ludicrus.

  9. Dina says:

    A boycott, no kidding!! Good luck!

  10. Jerry M says:

    Now if women become the bra sales people, where will Saudi crossdressers go? (Inquiring minds want to know.)

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