Feminists and pro-women women of the world, unite! Let us join forces and demand an end to this unspeakably ridiculous situation:
It would be bizarre in any country to find that its lingerie shops are staffed entirely by men.
But in Saudi Arabia – an ultra-conservative nation where unmarried men and women cannot even be alone in a room together if they are not related – it is strange in the extreme.
Women, forced to negotiate their most intimate of purchases with male strangers, call the situation appalling and are demanding the system be changed.
“The way that underwear is being sold in Saudi Arabia is simply not acceptable to any population living anywhere in the modern world,” says Reem Asaad, a finance lecturer at Dar al-Hikma Women’s College in Jeddah, who is leading a campaign to get women working in lingerie shops rather than men.
“This is a sensitive part of women’s bodies,” adds Ms Asaad. “You need to have some discussions regarding size, colour and attractive choices and you definitely don’t want to get into such a discussion with a stranger, let alone a male stranger. I mean this is something I wouldn’t even talk to my friends about.”
[h/t Mark Steyn]
Tanya adds: On my top ten list of weirdest things I’ve ever seen (I keep a regular journal) was a 6’2″ man standing at the entrance of a La Senza. Clipped to his shirt was his brass nametag: ABDUL LaSenza Sales Associate.
I was on Robson Street in Vancouver. Needless to say, I did not shop for intimates that day. To console myself, I went to Steamrollers’ instead.
Andrea adds: I’m never thrilled when men are around in shops like that. The thing is, quite frankly, the men never look thrilled either. It’s awkward all around. (Say, can you pass me a size–No wait… that’s not information our readers need…)by