“Would you accept to work in a mixed-gender place (makan mukhtalat)?” “Would you uncover your face in the presence of men?” This is a sample of the questions included in a 2008 survey questionnaire distributed to Saudi women in a job fair organized by the private sector.1 The wording of the questions – that have no equivalent in questionnaires for men – suggests that the choice is exclusively theirs. But the fact is that professional women’s dress codes are subject to many restrictions in Saudi Arabia as well as in other parts of the world with, however, some variants specific to the Saudi context.
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