But this is a country where women are not allowed to drive, women cannot vote or be elected to high political positions – oh, and stoning them to death if they try to leave their husbands is still OK.
Post the Arab spring and this 'new world' of politics – it's possible women may want a change in culture in the Middle East. Perhaps it was, literally, a man's only event and the originator of this gag is just making a point.
One thing that I have always wondered; why doesn't everybody?
Been called bad names, been treated in not so pleasant manner, but that just taught me to censor myself more when I'm around family and conservative friends.
I love that you are curious and thirst for knowledge!
When a woman shows some interest, the man begs her not to hang up until they agree to speak again.
None of the men indicated that this had led to anything more than a telephone conversation.
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Before one of the characters in "Girls of Riyadh" names "Sex and the City" as her favorite TV show, its influence upon Saudi writer Rajaa Alsanea's first novel is clear.
(Cell phones and Internet chat rooms play a key role in this culture, allowing men and women to interact indirectly.) Sadeem hits it off with one man; the couple meet at a chaperoned shoufa, "the one lawful 'viewing' of the potential bride," and they sign a marriage contract.
Social authorities in Saudi Arabia can arrest anyone who talks to a person of the opposite sex who isn’t a family member.
As it turns out, the girls are strutting their stuff for the aunties, matchmakers in a culture where Shariah law forbids men and women to meet face to face.
Impressed by the pretty Sadeem, the maid of honor at Gamrah's wedding, several aunties arrange cell phone meetings between her and their nephews.
A quicker approach is the “drive-by method,” where the man shouts a compliment out his car window and then throw his digits onto the street before he peels away.