“The king told editors on Monday night that publishing a woman’s picture was inappropriate.
“One must think, ‘do they want their daughter, their sister, or their wife to appear in this way?’ Of course, no one would accept this,” the newspaper Okaz quoted Abdullah as saying.
“The youth are driven by emotion … and sometimes they can be led astray. So, please, try to cut down on this,” he said.”
Apparently women must be driven wild by other things, such as selling lingerie.
“Saudi Arabia has postponed plans to replace male sales staff in lingerie shops with women.
The move had been its first cautious attempt to bring more women into the work-place.
But even minor reforms have incurred the wrath of ultra-conservative religious leaders, such as the Grand Mufti Shaikh Abdel-Aziz al-Sheikh, who has denounced them as “steps towards immorality and hellfire”.
In a country that requires women to cover up in public, and bans them from driving, shop assistants are invariably men – even in stores selling women’s underwear and cosmetics. The kingdom’s sole exceptions are the few all-female shopping centres.
King Abdallah’s government last year ordered lingerie shop owners to hire all-female sales staff by next month. In 2007, the policy was to have been extended to stores selling dresses and abayas (the black robes worn by women for modesty).”