Getting Our Hands on Our Bras

by marionroach on July 5, 2011

FOR ALL TOO LONG I did not know that Saudi women had to buy their bras from men. And while those days are now nearly in the past, don’t for a second be fooled into thinking that this change came easily. Protests, boycotts, an online campaign, and finally, intervention from the king decreed that women in Saudi Arabia no longer have to talk cup size solely to men. Well, better late than never, I guess.

As it stands, the majority of workplaces in Saudi Arabia are staffed by men. In fact, women make up less than 15 percent of Saudi nationals in the workforce, as dictated by the country’s employment regulations. Deeply conservative, the country continues to prevent equal employment, shutting out of the workplace 10 million Saudi women.

The best piece I can find on this is here, and comes from Ellen Knickmeyer, writing from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who reminds us that exceptions to the equality ban include only the fields of “female education and health care, and segregated women-only malls and “ladies’ levels,” where women can shop alone among other women, at a price premium.”

Keep in mind that even though women in Saudi Arabia can now speak to another female clerk abut the bulge and spill of the bra, they have to be driven by  man to the mall to do so.

And why would that be, you might ask? Simple. Saudi women are not yet allowed to drive.

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Deborah July 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I love this post because it tells the world about injustices inflicted upon Saudi women. Such truth telling will help transform oppression into free expression. Pass it on and expect change even in the face of increased resistance. We wish our Saudi sisters well.

marionroach July 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thanks, Deborah. So good to read you here again.

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