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Only Saudi women may sell lingerie

2012-01-02 18:19

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia says starting on Thursday, only females can work in women's lingerie stores.

The 2006 law banning men from working in female apparel and cosmetic stores has never been put into effect, partly due to hard-liners in the religious establishment who oppose the whole idea of women working where men and women congregate together, like malls.

The Labour Ministry says that over 28 000 women have already applied for the sales jobs.

Saudi's Arabia's most senior cleric, Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al Sheikh, spoke out against the decision in a recent sermon, saying it contradicts Islamic law.

He argued that wrongdoing may occur when a woman stands face to face with a man and sells without embarrassment.

The country follows an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism.

Comments
  • eedgan - 2012-01-02 18:43

    I'm surprised that Saudi women are even allowed to wear lingerie...

      trevor06 - 2012-01-02 18:46

      They are, instead of those full face mask things which only show the eyes, the nose is cut out as well :D lol!!!Sorry, no offense meant to anyone!

      Shalin - 2012-01-02 18:54

      I'm surprised that there are any Saudi women left at all...

  • trevor06 - 2012-01-02 18:43

    Oh my lord! This is absolutely absurd! Im not being racist or religi ist but this is extreme lame!!!I feel bad for the woman of this country, must be like living in a prison!!!

  • Jason - 2012-01-02 19:52

    Weird extremist laws, but frankly I think it's rather dodgy for any man to work in a women's lingerie store.

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-02 20:04

    Saudi laws belong in the Lost and Found department

      rhino - 2012-01-02 21:38

      You mean in the LOST department..... (never to be found again)

  • John - 2012-01-02 22:28

    Islamic are so covered and I think nobody will notice if they are totaly naked underneath that black dress.

      Riaad - 2012-01-02 22:34

      So? Your point?

      Jason Morgan - 2012-01-03 13:31

      @ john on my birthday last year I was in burnley a big Muslim community in the northeast of England. And I got a special birthday treaty when a Muslim girl do a pole and strip dancing for me wearing that black cover dress and when she finally took the whole dress down guess what was she wearing A TONG AKA G-STRING. But my missus was not a pleasant woman when the news reached her ears by an anonymous tip off. As a result I was starved that sweet cake for 6 months as a punishment. So don't try it mate you might put yourself in trouble like I did.

  • Paul - 2012-01-03 09:26

    Another pro-western 'democracy' run by one family with the blessing of USA and UK, all in the name of oil.

  • Preshen - 2012-01-04 08:05

    why is lingerie so expensive when it is so small ?

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