Going native January 10, 2007Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Culture, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture.
If you go to Toys R Us in Khobar you can find the following two pictures on boxes if you are going to buy a kiddies pool.
Who said Americans don’t adapt well to their enviroment?
Heey where did mummy go?
The less modest woman next door only wearing her abaya.
It would be really cool to know who has the job of covering these womens bodies with black colour. Mabrouk to you for having such fullfilling tasks at work 😉 .
I must say it is kind of odd that it is allowed to show mens bodies in any way it seems (except their privates of course). I have seen pics outside gyms of men wearing nothing but small tight shorts…. and here is me having to wear the abaya in order not to entice the male population (as if). I am really not complaining about people dressing modestly but surely there is something wrong when half the populations is a black mass (even on boxes) and the other half do as they like.
As I was sitting in Saad Hospital the other day I was watching a young male clerk fixing his head gear (still don’t know the name). He took his time in front of the mirror and he arranged it carefully in the fashion which he thought suited him. It was kinda endearing to watching him do this but at the same time I thought about how women are stuck with the abayas. Like there is no freedom of expressing yourself through clothes for women. You can see decorations on abayas and women wearing different accessories with it but that’s about it. Maybe I don’t see clearly what is going on around me yet but this is what I see right now.