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Saudi Arabia’s bra problem

by Melis Alphan, posted September 24, 2011 originally posted at www.hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Women in Saudi Arabia have to buy their intimate clothing from male clerks. This causes much embarrassment for women customers seeking advice on bra sizes. The Labor Ministry is threatening to close all lingerie stores that fail to replace male staff with females

One would be surprised to be welcomed into a women’s lingerie store by male clerks in one of the world’s most conservative countries such as Saudi Arabia. And surprisingly that is just the case. The lingerie shops are being run by female staff worldwide and one would expect the same from this kingdom. Instead women in Saudi Arabia have to buy their intimate clothing from male clerks. Such irony.

Because in this country, all women are expected to have a male guardian, women are not permitted to vote or be elected to high political positions, they are prohibited from driving. Saudi Arabia is ranked 130 out of 134 countries for gender parity according to the World Economic Forum 2009 Global Gender Gap Report.
 
Religious police patrol the streets of Saudi Arabia to enforce keeping the sexes apart. In such a conservative society, women are banned from working in public places. The reason for that is to avoid their contact with men.
 
This causes much embarrassment for women customers seeking advice on cup sizes in lingerie stores. The shops are also not allowed to have fitting rooms. And the biggest complaint is that male clerks in general try to guess customers’ bra sizes by staring at their abayas.

To read more, click here;
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=saudi-arabia8217s-bra-problem-2011-08-18

 
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