Been to the Kingdom many times -
1) Yes, whoever posted it was correct - they have to sit in the back seat.
2) They cannot dive at all - in fact they are not allowed to leave the house without an adult male relative.
However, as far as shopping and entertainment goes they have women only malls with guards out front. We had some females on our team who went inside
for the day - said it was pretty swanky with spa's, upscale salons, fancy restaurants a movie theater etc.
There are also women only pools and exercise clubs which are of course surrounded by very high walls and guarded. Inside they wear bikini's and sun
themselves just like our chicks do.
At least in Saudi women can get an education and a job (with their father/husbands permission of course). Bottom line is that Saudi Arabia is a
Kingdom and basically a theocracy. Not ideal for us - they have their issues of course.
All that said, they are simply afraid that if women get the freedom to go about town they will give into temptation or temp men into violating their
Having been there - the kids find ways to do all that stuff anyway just like kids in any culture do. Teens (more accurately men in their early 20s and
girls 16-18) have very active social lives both male and female. The only difference is here you get busted by your parents and grounded - there you
get busted by the religious police and punished under Sharia.
Men in Saudi Arabia practice closet homosexuality into their early to mid 20's especially those in the military. It is something of a status symbol
as well for a rich man to have a younger male assistant as his "lover" a kept man basically. The richer and more powerful a man is the less he has to
be secretive about this relationship.
Usually they just make them get married if they found them to have had sex. This is the case when both kids are from a family of equal or relatively
Very rarely (but it does happen) is a couple punished for fornication - in these cases it is usually the daughter of some lower class person having
relations with the son of a man who has status.
Take my comments not for agreement with their medieval culture but simply information as I spent several months on and off there probably totaling
more than a year.
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