Sports News from Saudi
Posted by Exile on September 29, 2007
No, I didn’t make this up!
Football Fans behind Bleachers for Women
Saturday, 29 September 2007
SOME 51 percent of sports fans are for the allocation of a portion of bleachers in Saudi stadiums to women, according to a survey conducted by Arabic daily newspaper Al-Watan.
These respondents said that supporting soccer teams and enjoying soccer matches should not be made exclusive to males, especially with the frequent participation of the Saudi soccer team in the World Cup Finals.
They added that allowing females to participate in more social activities will keep them from joining International Women’s Rights movements.
Those opposed to the idea said it might lead to moral decay.
“What if a player’s body is revealed indecently as he falls? Wouldn’t that be seductive to females?” they challenged.
A suggestion to use mirror-like glass to allow female soccer fans to watch games from the bleachers while remaining unseen was broached.
The 300 respondents in the survey were between 17 and 65 years old. The survey was conducted in universities, banks and government departments.
Women usually gather in sports cafés to watch the games of their favorite teams.
I get the feeling that all is not well in the Land of Saud.
Women have a real choice here, international football or international womens rights movements? Tough choices, huh?
And what about the menfolk? Imagine, if one of the burkha clad women suddenly gets the hots for a fallen football player who has a rounder set of buttocks than old Achmed that married her before she was ready and paid a healthy price for her in goats and sheep? Where will all this lead?
Decisions, decisions! Unfortunately for the ladies, they will be made by the men.