Only Women Work in Lingerie Shops

    Fully-veiled Saudi women shop at a lingerie store in the Saudi Red Sea port of Jeddah on January 2, 2012. From this week, only female staff will be able to sell women's lingerie in Saudi Arabia, ending decades of awkwardness in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom where women are expected to don black cloaks at all times out of the home. AFP PHOTO/AMER HILABI (Photo credit should read AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    After years of uncomfortable moments for Saudi women being served by male salespeople in lingerie shops, a new law is allowing only women to work in the stores. Both men and women behind the initiative are hopeful it will end decades of awkwardness in the Islamic kingdom, where women have always had to buy their lingerie from male sales assistants. Female campaigners went so far as to boycott lingerie stores and launched a Facebook page pushing for the initiative. One woman told the BBC that she and any woman who could afford it would often shop abroad rather than go through the shameful process of telling a salesman her underwear size. Now more women are hoping to enter the workforce (traditionally, only educated elite women in the Islamic kingdom can pursue a career). The law could potentially create up to 40,000 jobs for less privileged Saudi women who never before had the opportunity to enter the workplace.

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