Important Notice

It is not my intention to denigrate Saudi Arabia or its people. It’s like everywhere else, there is good and there is bad. I would rather focus on the unusual and the humourous. Offence is not intended.

“The country is not perfect. The media cannot be trusted, mistreatment of religious minorities is common and there are some that live in fear.” You can decide for yourself whether that statement is about Saudi Arabia, the UK, or any country for that matter.

To quote the Joker, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

That is all I will say about either subject.

Friday, 17 November 2006

I Am Not A Piece Of Meat

I am not a handsome man. Ladies do not stop me in the street to comment on how I “look like Brad Pitt, only cuter.” But the women here leer at me. I am not joking, I’ve seen them. My wife has seen them too, staring out from behind their veils.
Last night a girl who had not covered her face gave me such a “come hither” look I was completely taken aback. She was probably only 14 or 15.
I am not saying that the women here are promiscuous. I wouldn’t know either way, but I seriously seriously doubt it. But perhaps all this covering up makes them suffer in exactly the same way as the men. The men here are the champions of leering. Who can blame them? They have so few outlets. Last night we went out to a garden center to buy some plants and my wife wore her abaya as usual, but she didn’t wear long pants. I caught two men leering at her ankles. Her ankles! Not being able to casually glance at the opposite sex makes you behave in the oddest ways.


Leila M. said...

This post is useless without your picture [leer]

Margrave said...

LMAO! Touche!
...and not a chance! I'm worried enough about being "caught" as it is!

Anonymous said...

your either blond or very tall.
in this case would i be staring too? uh huh!

Anonymous said...

the14or 15 years girl that yoy have imagined. might been a hungry dung beetle ?

Anonymous said...

the usual ethnocentric and obsolete-cum-maniac british compouds theme.this is what i heard from good mancunian well versed in his compatriots culture.

Anonymous said...

I'm a woman who was on your side UNTIL, you said, we can't blame SA males for doing the same [worse in fact] to women. Spoilt your argument.