It’s been almost a year since I recorded this video. I made it for Terri Davis-Merchant for Expat Week on her blog; Try Anything Once. This video is short piece about what it feels like for me being an expat, and a woman living in Saudi Arabia.
You may be surprised to find that for me being a woman in Saudi Arabia is largely about being inconvenienced versus what you may have heard or read in the media. Largely what you may have read or heard is about women’s movements being restricted, that they need permission for most things, and a lot of what she’s allowed to do is dependent on the men in her family, etc. etc. Though those things are true for most Saudi women, I can’t speak to this. I’m American, and I’m not subject to the customs of their culture on that level. I come and go as I please, and my husband still can’t tell me to do a thing I don’t want to do. LOL. However, I am subject to the laws of the land. So, for me I’m mainly affected by not being able to drive and what I wear. Whenever I leave the compound I must the abaya, however, even on the compound I have to be cognizant of what I’m wearing.