Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia Themes

Jean Sasson
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Opression of Women

In the Saudi culture, women are second class women who are ruled by their fathers and then their husbands. Saudi woman are often forced to suffer a circumcision as young girls and are married immediately after they begin menstruating, some as young as twelve. Saudi women must cover all skin when in the presence of men who are not of their immediate family. A Saudi woman cannot work or drive and are therefore strictly reliant upon men. A Saudi man can divorce his wife for any reason by simply saying three times that he divorces her. When a Saudi woman is divorced, she must return to her father's home. If the father does not want the woman returned to his home, the woman is left homeless without any means of support. A Saudi father and husband has complete control over a woman's life, even given the...

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