Friday, April 24, 2009

Saudi Pin-up Girl

While in Riyadh last week I had occasion to visit a barracks that was used by Saudi security forces. It was like any other barracks: spartan bedrooms with wall lockers, phone numbers to pizza delivery joints scribbled here and there, a mattress placed on the roof by some sunbather, and so on. A few pictures were taped to the walls, but I noticed the curious absence of any pin-ups of women.

Then I saw it. Photos cut out of a glossy magazine depicting lavishly made-up and sensuous female eyes. Nothing but eyes. Evidently, this is what Saudi soft-core looks like.

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