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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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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