Life in Saudi Arabia

for a woman is hard to imagine.
After a women get’s questioned for being in a cassette shop and then questions the problem, the Religious policman clues her in:

She’s being a bit faux-naive, to make her point. It’s quite simple, it’s all about aisle width. The “cassette shops” (although we do actually have CD’s as well!) in the shopping mall have nice wide aisles, like the ones in the supermarket picture above. Men and women can pass without coming too close to each other. But the little “Mom and Pop” cassette shops, the ones with a sub-continent manager/cashier, and an absentee Saudi owner, are much more cramped. With aisles of one metre or less, you have to squeeze past other shoppers. So it’s a no-no for women, even Western women, they usually have signs saying “Men only”, and I’m surprised our reporter claims not to be aware of the issue.