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  • Cities closer to the Gulf states were already becoming fairly westernized in the mid-90s. Even Riyadh was becoming slightly more liberal, although the mutawah still tried to keep a fairly tight moral grip.

    It's a strange secret hidden within their public anti-woman culture that women do hold a tremendous amount of power. Not civic or religious power associated with equal rights, but more like a commodity. (Think of a seller's power in a seller's market.)

    Saudi women have long dressed lavishly at home, in public (women) places, and under their abayas in between. I am surprised they have phones, though. (Then again, if it's so the men can keep tabs on them, maybe I'm not.)