Saudi Arabia’s Gender Apartheid City


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Saudi Arabia has taken its gender apartheid system to new heights with its plans to build an industrial city populated exclusively by female workers.

The all-female municipality, which will begin construction in 2013, is expected to provide Saudi women work and career opportunities in a country that actively strives to separate them publicly from men.

To that end, the gender-specific metropolis, which is expected to generate 5,000 jobs, will house textile, pharmaceutical and food processing industries run by “female entrepreneurs” and staffed with all-women production lines.

As yet, it’s still unclear how the all-female metropolitan labor force will arrive to work, given that Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving, prohibitions that include public lashings and prison sentences for offenders.

That being said, Saleh al-Rasheed, head of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority, which will oversee construction of the industrial city, expressed confidence that the future female employees would “demonstrate their efficiency in many light and clean industrial sectors that suit their interests, nature and capabilities.”

Of course, determining a Saudi woman’s professional interests and capabilities can prove problematic given the highly illogical, discriminatory and abusive lengths the Kingdom has gone to shutter women from societal participation.

That ill treatment manifests itself most visibly in the country’s notorious gender-segregation laws, strictly enforced by the Kingdom’s religious police, which require women in public to avoid all contact with men while draped in attire that conceals their entire body, save hands and eyes.

Moreover, compounding that troublesome issue, every woman in Saudi Arabia is required to have a male guardian — usually a husband, father or even a son — whose permission she must seek on issues ranging from what to wear, whether to work or study, whether or who to marry, or even whether to have surgery.

Not surprisingly then, being covered head-to-toe in a black robe, forbidden to interact with unrelated men and required to consult with a male guardian before making virtually any decision, makes finding employment a somewhat difficult proposition, which helps to explain why Saudi women constitute only 16.5 percent of the total national labor force.

So given all that, it comes as little surprise that the Saudi government would want to take its gender-apartheid system to its next logical step: building all-female industrial centers in which to further sequester women from societal view.

However, for its part, the Saudi government maintains that, evidence notwithstanding, it has been working tirelessly to level the gender playing field by creating numerous economic and political opportunities for Saudi women.

For example, Saudi officials point to their recent efforts to revolutionize the Kingdom’s retail industry, efforts which they claim have created thousands of job openings for Saudi women.

That innovation arrived in 2011 when the Ministry of Labor allowed women to work in lingerie and cosmetic shops in place of men, a stunningly bold move which was quickly followed in 2012 by women being permitted to replace men in stores selling abayas, the traditional plain black robe-like dress worn by Saudi women.

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  • David R

    Will they be chained like wild dogs to the objects they'll be working on? How will their "handlers" be able to identify them under their shameful costumes? Can skin actually be "lashed" while wearing this degrading black fabric over it? Are the "feeding traps" in front of the faces Velcroed or zippered? Does "Allah" know about this and does he approve? Muslim women must sexually submit to their hubby's whims, but how will he be able to stop from work for a "quickie"?
    These questions seem ridiculous, but what other questions could you ask when dealing with these perverted, twisted minds? And of course…not a peep is heard from our hypocritical Western Feminist groups. No, they're too busy in the gyms building muscles to try to look like men.

  • Schlomotion

    Because all Hasbara writers view all text and all conversation as warfare on behalf of Israel, Mr. Crimi is attempting to secure for himself a copy of the apartheid weapon because the other side has it. His hope is that if he can insert the term "apartheid" into a discourse about Arabs, he can confuse and deflect discourse about apartheid and Israelis. However, he has fumbled. He has tried to morally equate the racial apartheid of Israel with the gender apartheid of the Arabs. Israelis, especially Ultraorthodox Jewish Israeli fanatics have their own gender apartheid, their own knife-wielding homophobic daggermen, and their own people who stone women, and commit acts of terrorism all while wearing backward clothing from hundreds of years ago. Hasbara writers are fond of saying that this is all part of the structure of the Koran, but have an amusing look at the capital punishments for blasphemy in the Pentateuch. The part on making people drink molten lead is insightful:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_i

    • David R

      True the Jewish culture does have its fanatics and thank God they are few; but at least they don't try to spread it throughout the Jewish Nation or all over the world like the Sharia Law proponents are trying to do. In fact God's chosen people have great respect for women. It's a known fact that the secret of Jewish success starts with the Jewish wife and mother, who is respected and treated like the noble person she is.

    • Kufar Dawg

      All of your islamofascist states are religious apartheids, ALL OF THEM. Anyone non muslime is a second class citizen and the only difference in their treatment is the level of persecution they experience. Saudi Barbaria for example, is a total religious apartheid, one in which any kufar/infidel found in the city of Mecca is not only committing a crime, but committing a crime that can be punished with death:
      http://s668.photobucket.com/albums/vv43/JKL-Hide/

      • Schlomotion

        I don't own any islamofascist states. If I had, they would all be nuclear powers. I know it is hard for you people who divide the world into Jews and Muslims to grasp that I do not have sympathies for Muslims simply because I express antipathies toward Israelis. Israelis are disdainful in their own right, separately from the deplorable qualities and actions of Muslims. It is so hard for you to crank that through your brain-wheel, I know. But try to imagine that some people in the world don't agree with either of your two favorite categories of human.

        • Mo Schlotion

          If you did own an islamofascist state would you sell it by private sale or on multiple listing service? What's the commission?

    • http://twitter.com/GlendaFindley @GlendaFindley

      It's almost laughable that you use wikipedia as your source of information. I lived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for some time, working at Security Forces Hospital. I can absolutely confirm Mr. Crimi's comments and more. The depth of persecution of women in Saudi Arabia is indescribable and horrific. Arranged marriages are still very prevalent in the Kingdom and it was not uncommon to see girls as young as 10 and 11 brought into the emergency rooms having tried to commit suicide after being married off to their 70-year-old uncle. These stories are true, yet nearly the entire world has turned their back on the plight of the women in many Arab countries.

    • Zionista

      shmo – a Jew hating dhimmi troll

    • ziontruth

      All Muslim-majority states are de-facto apartheid states, if not de-jure; if shariah is not officially the law in the country, the Muslim populace enforce it regardless on the non-Muslims in their states by means of violence.

      All states in the Middle East except Israel are apartheid states. To frame Israel as the only apartheid state in the ME is as Orwellian an inversion as the framing of Jews in Israel as "colonists" and the local Arab imperialists (the Phakestinians) as "victims of imperialism." The lies of the anti-Zionists will not stand! Anti-Zionist dogs, you will pay!

      Re: the similarities between Orthodox Judaism and Islam. I am not afraid to admit their existence; but it should be equally noted that Judaism keeps to one nation in one country, while Islam prompts its believers to coerce all of humanity through all the world to fall to shariah law. As Jews keep to themselves, their laws are none of your business; as Muslims don't keep their laws to themselves, in their own countries, but export them, they are non-Muslim's business. Appeasers of Islamic imperialist aggression, you will pay!

      • Schlomotion

        I beg to differ. There is also the World Jewish Congress and all the Zionists in the various diasporas, really, about 8 million Jews do not live in Israel, and roughly 20% of those are Orthodox, about 6% being Ultraorthodox. Approximately 73% of World Jewry are Zionists. To say that they don't hem and haw about things that violate their religious mores or that they don't wag a finger at people who criticize their strident foreign nationalism is absurd. The problem isn't Jews "keeping to themselves," it is Israelis taking, stealing, expropriating FOR themselves, and forcefully confiscating and redistributing TO themselves the private property of other human beings.

        You threatened me, Eliyahu, that I will pay. How do you propose that you will make me pay?

        • Kufar Dawg

          What a hilarious and hypocritical viewpoint. The only religion "stealing, expropriating for themselves and forcefully confiscating and redistributing to themselves the private property of other human beings" in the Mid-east and N. Africa are muslo-nazis, whether that property be that of the Jews who used to live in Syria, Iraq, Egyptistan, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco or the Christians of Iraq, Egypt and Syria today, Islam is demonstrably doing exactly what the Schlo accuses Jewry of doing.

          • Schlomotion

            Oh, are we talking about religions again?

        • http://twitter.com/GlendaFindley @GlendaFindley

          Jews may wag their finger. Muslims prefer the bloody sword. I'll take the finger any day. Hemming and hawing versus chop-chop square. Hmmmm…. let me think. I'll take an order of hemming and hawing, thanks. How will you pay, schlomotion? 72 virgins who all look like Helen Thomas.

          • Schlomotion

            That would be great intellectual company. She covered every President since Eisenhower with gusto until she was pilloried and excommunicated for offending Israel.

          • http://twitter.com/GlendaFindley @GlendaFindley

            I am glad you remember her so well. I, on the other hand, do not. And since you both seem to have a loathing for Israel, she will be good company. Mucho gusto!

          • Kufar Dawg

            Maybe Schlo is looking forward to the little pearly eyed boys in the heavenly whorehouse of islam.

    • Ghostwriter

      Amazing,Schlomotion. The point of the article was Saudi Arabia's treatment of women. Once again,you blame Jews,like you do in nearly all of your posts. Your idiocy and moral blindness goes beyond ANYTHING I've ever read on this site. At least the Israelis ALLOW women to drive in their country,unlike Saudi Arabia. Your continued attacks on these "Hasbara writers" only shows your ignorance. Please take your stupid,pathetic,Jew hating rants and disappear. We'd all celebrate your departure as one of the most despicable human beings who've ever come on this site.

      • Schlomotion

        No, the point of the article is to manufacture an "apartheid" issue in Islam to distract the public from Israeli apartheid. The Israeli apartheid issue is a real embarrassment to their government as are the calls for racial purity by Eli Yishai, the fascism of Danny Danon, and the Kach Party terrorist affiliations of Avigdor Lieberman. So sickening.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Schlockmoron, Your Saudi Islamofascists have MUSLIM ONLY cities, Mecca.
          http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/img/hway-2-mecca-mus

          Islamofascist Apartheid.

          • Kufar Dawg

            The official policy of Soddy Barbaria is that Jews are not allowed in their anything but heavenly kingdom. No other type of religious structure may be built in Soddy Barbaria except mosques.

            Israel, OTOH, is the only place in the Mid-East where Druze, Bahais, Christians and Jews may practice their respective faiths without being subject to the normative muslim persecution that exists in the rest of the Mid-East and N. Africa. Yet Schlo calls Israel an apartheid state.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Schlockmorons problem is that he confuses Islam with Judaism.

      Haven't seen Ultra Orthodox men stone women to death over some vague "family honor" issue as Schlockmorons Islamofascists do regularly.

      Haven't seen Ultra Orthodox men issue death decrees to writers as Islamofascists have done to Salman Rushde.

      Happy Eternal Nakba Schlockmoron!

  • http://twitter.com/GlendaFindley @GlendaFindley

    I totally agree with Mr. Crimi that Saudi Arabia should not have been allowed to participate in the Olympic games and that the blind eye of the feminists has made them irrevalent for life. I am sure one of the reasons Saudi is being so "magnanimous" in allowing more women to work in the workforce is that they pay a tremendous amount of money to hire from outside the country. Most of the shops are run by men from places such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, the Phillipines, etc. In fact, there is a huge Filipino workforce in Saudi. When I left Saudi in 1997, there was already talk to decreasing hiring of Westerners due to the cost. It would be interesting to see how much these women are going to be paid. Saudi Arabia releases to the world the face it wants them to know. Having lived there among them, that face is not the true face by any means. Slavery is alive in the Kingdom and the acts of perversion are unspeakable and untenable.

  • Atlas_Collins

    The saddest part is that many of those Arab broads are smoking hot underneath them bags they have to wear on their heads.

    • David R

      Haha!!! True…and another thing that get's me is some of them have really sexy hands (the only thing you can see that's not covered by their bags) I dunno about you, but sexy hands really turn me on! But I would hate to see one getting stoned for having let me gawk at her hands :o)

  • Kufar Dawg

    Maybe Iranistan can construct a boys town and call it Bacha Bazi.

  • amused

    Now wait a minute , if the city is all women , why the need to cover up ? And which guys are gonna get the passes to go there ?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I see a movie sequel…

      Kumar and Harold go to the Women Only city.

      Happy Eternal Nakba to all!

  • amused

    I've got a better idea , let the savages do what they want in their own lands with their own peoples , just give the womenfolk the option of getting the hell out of there when they do . Those who wish to stay ? oh well .

    • David R

      I sure hope Allah ain't checkin' in on your comments, guys… you could get zapped pretty bad!

  • David R

    Where are the feminists? Where are the Minutemen? Da Sherrif is sleeping at the switch I'm sorry to say.
    It's no use that our gals are getting toned up with tanned beach bodies if in within a few years they'll all be wearin' black costumes of shame with a screen winkie for the mosquitos to peep through! Talk about cultural change!

  • Haley

    im only 12 years old but i know ALOT about the women in Saudi Arabia and how they are treated like dirt. what the idiot men over there dont understand is women have alot to offer in their society if they would just open their eyes! women should have the same amount of rights that men have. just think, without women, the men wouldnt be where they are now. so unless they want to drive ALL their women they love to treat like dogs out of their country, they should treat them with some respect! part of that respect would be having same rights and letting them be free and show their beauty. ok so they let women have work opportunities. but thats not enough! alot of people agree with me when i say this: Saudi Arabia is the WORST country in the world.