It’s rather ironic in ultra-conservative gender-segregated Saudi Arabia that women dressed in black tents from head to toe are placed in the embarassing and uncomfortable situation where they are forced to buy their undergarments from men who are so good at their jobs that they can accurately guess a female’s bra size. Although a new law was made a few years ago allowing women to work in lingerie sales here in Saudi Arabia, very few shops have gone to all the trouble to make the switch from salesmen to saleswomen. Despite boycotts and lots of complaints, there doesn’t seem to be any rush to stop this baffling nonsensical practise. Another problem is that most places do not have dressing rooms for women to try on clothing. Consequently, if an item needs to be returned because it doesn’t fit, there is the additional complication of women not being able to drive here as well, so for many women, getting back to the shop to return merchandise is just an another hassle added into the mix. Even though the city of Jeddah is often referred to as a shopper’s paradise, I actually dislike shopping here – for so many reasons…
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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. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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