Friday, February 12, 2010
More Lingerie in Saudi Arabia--Bought Elsewhere!
Today, February 13th in KSA, is the start of the planned 2-week boycott of buying lingerie from male salesclerks in Saudi Arabia, BAN MEN FROM SELLING LINGERIE IN KSA. As I mentioned in my first post on this topic, "Lingerie in Saudi And Social Activism", the purpose of the boycott is "to protest the current situation of men only selling women’s lingerie in Saudi Arabia, and the evasion of legislation to increase women’s employment by having them work in lingerie shops"; and, "it seems important to me that women’s employment opportunities be increased including at this starting point, and that women who are uncomfortable shopping for lingerie from men have the option locally to be served by a woman."
Since then, Susie of Arabia, on her Jeddah Daily Photo Journal, and Ahmed on Saudi Jeans have added posts to spread the word, "myworld: ban the bra...salesmen!!!" and "Unnecessary Wars", respectively.
Commentators here, on my earlier post, and elsewhere have added their support and suggestions for the ban, and for continuing it longer or indefinitely. Here is a compilation of ideas.
Stock up when you are outside of Saudi, or have someone else do it for you in another country.
Buy online from a reliable shop, once you know size, style, make, etc. Least expensive mailing options include the KSA post.
Buy directly online from the company, or a major catalogue.
Buy from lingerie parties in KSA, including holding your own lingerie parties.
Buy in KSA from the few shops that do have women salesclerks, and support the boycott: Nawomy and Change are two such.
Walk into a shop, ask for a woman salesclerk and walk out when you are told there are none.
Spread the word, via friends, social groups, online social networks, etc.
*Addendum: Arab News reports on the campaign, in "'Manned' Lingerie Shops Targeted", highlighting the shops which are female only, the support of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), and the CPVPV's non-objection to women working as salesclerks in women's malls. Most significantly, the article reports that the women's lingerie market is 17% of the total women's apparel market. In other words, a serious boycott would hurt.
To reprise the questions from the earlier post:
How comfortable would you, woman or man, feel purchasing women’s lingerie from a man?
Would it matter his origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation?
What do you think of boycotts?
Are some unethical?
Are you currently participating in a boycott? Of what, and why?
Any other suggestions?
Further comments, thoughts, experiences?