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Carefully unbuttoning her black abaya, Mariam Bin Laden holds a lacy flesh-coloured bra against her chest to see whether it is the right fit. That simple act, taken for granted by women in most countries around the world, would once have been scandalous in Saudi Arabia.
Up until last year, buying underwear revealed a strange contradiction in the tradition-bound kingdom: despite the fact that Saudi Arabia remains one of the few countries in the world where the sexes are officially segregated, women's goods such as underwear, cosmetics and perfumes were sold by men.
"Can you imagine standing there completely covered in your abaya and have a strange man guess your cup size?" Ms. Bin Laden asked.
Why that little Caligula!
Last year, a government edict broke with Saudi tradition and ordered lingerie stores in mixed-sex shopping areas to replace their salesmen with saleswomen across the kingdom, as part of a national drive to empower Saudi women.
OMG. What next? Allowing women to drive. Allah forbid!
Later on from the story:
"I want something transparent," said one of the customers, covered from head to toe.