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April 30, 2009

Let her get fat

Let her get fat is the new cry from the women of Saudi Arabia. For there's a slight problem with the way that gyms for women are regulated has led to something of a problem. There's a Ministry that regulates men's gyms, and that's fine. But the problem is that women and men cannot join the same gym, for in Saudi the sexes are strictly separated.

So these women only gyms, they're accepted....but no Ministry will step up and agree to be the people that regulate them.

"Let her get fat!" is the slogan women in Saudi Arabia are using to challenge a clampdown on female-only gyms.

Unhappy at the growing number of unlicensed female gyms, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs recently closed two in the Red Sea city of Jeddah and one in the city of Dammam on the Gulf Arab coast for not having a license.

In response, newspaper columnists and bloggers are promoting the sarcastic line "let her get fat!" as a way of fighting back, though it is likely to be a losing battle.

In Saudi Arabia, where clerics have extensive influence in society, gyms are sexually segregated because of conservative tribal and religious values.

Welcome to what it's like to live in a fully regulated society. You can only do those things which regulations allow you to do.

Me, I prefer freedom and liberty, although I understand that your mileage might vary.

April 30, 2009 in Feminism | Permalink


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