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For Saudi Women, Lingerie Shopping Sucks

When I first started developing in the chest department, my mother dragged me to Victoria’s Secret’s semi-annual sale to get measured so I would have proper fitting undergarments. I absolutely hated the experience. How embarrassing to strip down and have a stranger measure your assets! Luckily, I grew up, and bra shopping is no longer awkward. For women in Saudi Arabia, however, the experience is still an uncomfortable one.

The people who work in lingerie stores are largely male, contrary to a law that has been in effect since 2006 saying that only female staff can be employed in women’s stores. There are a few reasons that it hasn’t been enforced: employing women would mean even more than 10 percent of the countries male population would be unemployed, and many in the religious establishment oppose allowing women to work in places where men and women can mix, such as malls. Keep reading »

Shopping For Lingerie In Saudi Arabia

In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, lingerie stores that display their wares on mannequins make many people uncomfortable. “If I was passing by with my family and saw something displayed vulgarly on a mannequin, we would all find the situation awkward and embarrassing,” said one shopping mall manager. However, the store owners displaying lingerie in their windows don’t think they should stop showing people what they sell — how else will people know what they have inside? One 21-year-old woman even said she hates passing by lingerie stores because men often hang around them. The cultural differences between there and here are so interesting and apparent in regards to lingerie shopping. When I was in middle school, it was a huge rite of passage when you started shopping at Victoria’s Secret (and stopped getting embarrassed when your mother mentioned the word “bra”). [Arab News] Keep reading »

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