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A Saudi look at Japanese arts

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Saudi women are seen at an exhibition of Japanese handicrafts at the National Museum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Are they dressed in Vantablack?

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Ninja guards

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Looks like a double exhibition: Japanese art and the Saudi oppression of women.

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The juxtaposition of Eastern and Middle Eastern traditions against each other, which this photograph illustrates so clearly, is overwhelming in its diversity.

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Nothing but sympathy for a culture that mandates the way women dress.

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They are well protected from coronavirus.

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Keep in mind that many of these women want to dress that way. They were, afterall, brought up on Islamic values.

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Nothing but sympathy for a culture that mandates the way women dress.

As opposed to the West where feminist misandry mandates what a man can or cannot say or do.

And I agree with darknuts; actually speaking to these women, a large number of them actually prefer modesty & decency to indecent exposure.

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And I agree with darknuts; actually speaking to these women, a large number of them actually prefer modesty & decency to indecent exposure.

For women in Saudi Arabia, it’s probably better to think this way. Dressing how you like can have very serious consequences. One Saudi cleric had the idea of just allowing one eye to be exposed.

Modest enough for you?

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Hmmmm...  My view, this is a long way from just "modesty and decency".  Strangely, in Muslim countries where a modicum of freedom or secularization is achieved, one of the first things many women do is shun this form of extreme clothing code.  sure, they still dress sensibly and often continue to cover their hair, but not the full Burqa.

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Strangely, in Muslim countries where a modicum of freedom or secularization is achieved, one of the first things many women do is shun this form of extreme clothing code. sure, they still dress sensibly and often continue to cover their hair, but not the full Burqa.

It is perhaps worth pointing out that some Muslim-majority countries have bans or partial bans on the burqa.

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A Japanese exhibition to commemorate the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the city of Tohoku opened in the Saudi National Museum in Riyadh on Friday (February 7), where a group of original handicrafts for the people of that Japanese region will be displayed.

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Grammar Gripe: why add "are seen" to these sorts of headlines. It is clear they are seen. Delete this and the statement does not lose any meaning. /GG

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Is it true that some wear sexy lingerie underneath?

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Keep in mind that many of these women want to dress that way. They were, afterall, brought up on Islamic values.

@dark nuts - Indoctrination is a valuable tool - if you want someone to be a second class citizen with few rights, best way is to bring them up to believe that. But as we see across the Middle East, such as in slightly more liberal countries like Iran, there have been plenty of protests against this. There is no evidence that the majority want to dress like this - perhaps we would see if  the  law making it compulsory were removed.

As opposed to the West where feminist misandry mandates what a man can or cannot say or do.

@Wesley - a false analogy and  you know it. In Saudi Arabia a woman's freedoms are severely restricted by  the law, both for free movement and freedom of speech. In the West, the alleged restrictions over male freedom of speech or action is non-existent, unless you count that being able to pinch a lady's behind or make a seedy comment concerning her chest as somehow being the equivalent of daring to reveal an inch of  flesh or travel without a male relative chaperone.

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Is this news? Two individuals who happen to be Muslim are photographed at an art exhibition and that’s considered news?

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HJSLLS:

Is this news? Two individuals who happen to be Muslim are photographed at an art exhibition and that’s considered news?

Muslim women in their traditional clothing looking at modern but traditionally flavored arts from an alien culture of far east, Japan. It's a beautiful shot worthy of publication.

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"alien culture of far east"

Not quite. The Chinese had maintained the Silk Road for eons, and allowed trade to flourish between East & West.

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Cone on guys Saudi women were only allowed to vote in 2011...let that sink in...its surprising they were even let out of the house let alone the country.

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I am amazed that the Women were allowed to visit the Museum at all, yet alone without Men.

One of them does not even have her hair and head covered!

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