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Princess by Jean Sasson
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Jul 18, 08


As a woman who has traveled to Saudi Arabia and having worn the veil; I have to admit, when I read the stories of these women Jean Sasson writes of, I now feel--looking back on wearing the veil--that I was somehow an imposter (I can't explain it any better than that) when comparing my life with the lives of these women. My wearing the veil was only compulsory when I went outside the confines of the base on which I was stationed; to these women it is a way of life. I couldn't help but feel that not only are their faces hidden behind these veils, but so are the lives they live....often lives that are simply unthinkable.

And I thought it ironic that....women are veiled to protect first their purity, then, as married women, their virtue. It is the women's urges and desires their husbands, fathers, and brothers wish to control and suppress.....being men, I suppose they're too stupid to realize that if they want to control and suppress a woman's urges (we CAN see, boys) that it should be themselves who are wearing the damned veils.....
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EeeJay honestly speaking - I don't know if this book is fiction or not but I am a Muslim woman and I was glad to not have been born in KSA. That's not to say I'm not religious or don't have faith but I love the choice I'm given which seems to be missing from these women's life.....


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