Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
I hear that women in Saudi Arabia are planning a boycott—or perhaps it should be “mancott”—of stores that continue to employ only male lingerie salespersons. The two-week mancott is scheduled to start February 13, though I don’t see why it shouldn’t last a month to give it some teeth.
The irony of the situation, for the benefit of those outside the KSA, is that unrelated men and women are not only not allowed to socialize but women must cover head-to-foot in a long black shapeless robe called an abaya whenever an unrelated male is present. As my friend Susie of Arabia points out in her daily photo blog from Jeddah, a law was passed in the kingdom a couple years ago allowing women to sell lingerie to other women. Yet most stores still employ only male salesmen, even for ladies’ intimates.
Photo courtesy of Susie of Arabia, used with permission
As one reader of Susie’s blog laments (satirically), if women start taking over the women’s clothing departments, where will the male crossdressers go for their couture needs?
Fortunately, the information superhighway once again comes to the rescue in the form of my new online shopping experience for male crossdressers:
Yes, this is the place for guys to manage all their abaya needs and other unmentionables.
No more superduper-sized lacy drawers hanging out on the balcony clothesline.
Now you can shop for what you need by yourself or with your buds in the comfort of your own majlis.
With the days of being able to just stroll into a store with the assurance that you’ll have a sympathetic male sales clerk to deal with about to become herstory, men can shop with the assurance that no cooties will have come in contact with your little black dress.
And for the ladies who like to crossdress, watch for the grand opening of a new online store just for you…