In its quest for the ultimate in “separate but equal” social engineering, Saudi Arabia is implementing its newest phase in plans to keep men and women apart. Saudi Gazette reports on the new regulations that bar men from entering lingerie shops now that they have been put aside as places in which only women may work. Regulations also extend to shops and departments in malls and department stores that sell women’s accessories, though they are not yet quite so draconian.
Coupled with efforts such as building ‘women-only’ industrial cities, it does make one wonder — as a commenter to the article asks — whether Saudi society would truly rather separate planets for men and women.
Hai’a approves regulations for lingerie shops
Saudi Gazette report
RIYADH — The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Hai’a) said on Saturday that all lingerie shops in the Kingdom should be solely dedicated to women without allowing access for men, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Total feminization of jobs at lingerie shops will take effect in June this year, according to decisions taken by the government earlier.
The Hai’a, in a statement, said its chairman, Dr. Abdullatif Bin Abdulaziz Al-Alsheikh, has approved rules and regulations for lingerie shops at a recent meeting he held with Minister of Labor Adel Fakieh to discuss the issue.
The regulations require jobs in these shops reserved for Saudi women who are committed to noble religious values and abide by the Islamic dress code. The Hai’a will closely monitor the implementation of the rules to prevent any violations.
The Hai’a said in multi-section shopping malls, women’s accessories should be sold in separate stalls to which men will not be allowed entry unless accompanied by their wives or female relatives.