I noticed something so disturbing today that I just HAD to rant a little bit about it. I mean this is complete and utter madness. So Dumb. Disturbs me what kind of sickos and women haters are out there.
This is the source of my headache, an article in the Swedish Metro magazine this morning: http://www.metro.se/nyheter/kvinnor-gar-inte-att-retuschera-bort/EVHlja!2mPseJ6LPTrK2/
So the new IKEA catalogs are out and can be viewed online at their site www.ikea.com.
All the countries have pretty much the same stuff on offer and the catalogs look the same. Except for of course Saudi-Arabia, the so called model country of Islam.
(*Please note this post is labelled under SATIRE. Thanks)
What’s different in the Saudi IKEA catalog then? Can anyone take a wild guess?
They censored it. ALL THE IMAGES OF WOMEN have magically disappeared from the Saudi version. A misogynistic air-brusher has vandalized the entire catalog.
You might have seen how they censor stuff in Saudi-Arabia before, like blacking out half clad women from the swimming pool packages or placing white tape on celebrity décolletage, drawing imaginary black leggings and T-shirts on women in the women’s magazines or spray painting the bare skin parts black. Heck they even black out the word PORK from food items.
Now let me just make it clear that I can understand why some of the censoring is done in Saudi-Arabia. (if I really really try hard to block most of my brain activity while at the same time placing my head in a very narrow tunnel, that is).
But people, this is a furniture catalog, OK? Who the hell needs to censor a furniture catalog anyways? And if they want to cut some culturally sensitive things out, OK, but why the need to delete all women?
Take a tour of the Saudizised IKEA here: http://imagesofsaudi.blogspot.com/2012/02/saudi-ikea-experience.html
The censorship at the actual Riyadh IKEA store has always creeped me out. Check this out:
What on earth was going on in their minds when they decided to do that? It’s just the babies mother for God’s sake!
How about this? The woman is fully covered! Looks like someone has some serious issues with women.
As a woman I find this highly offensive and insulting. This could possibly also be the height of hypocrisy. I wonder how many of the men responsible for this stupidity have maids (as in unrelated females) living in their houses? I would guess 99%.
What is the point of removing all the women from the Saudi catalog? Women do exist. What are these misogynist men trying to accomplish by this, trying to imagine women don’t exist? Do they not watch the news or TV at all? Do they not go to malls or grocery stores? Images of women are everywhere in Saudi-Arabia! Heck there is even REAL uncovered women out there on the streets of the conservative capital Riyadh. Should they be blocked from public view too? Even the women’s magazines that are allowed in the Magic Kingdom are not censored to this extent. So why IKEA?
I wonder how IKEA as a Scandinavian company is even agreeing to this. Sweden is one of the most gender equal countries in the world. What a mockery this is to equality of women. This is oppression of women. What an absolute shame and disgrace that is going on with Saudi IKEA.
I feel insulted as a Scandinavian. As if the women are indecent or shameful and thus needed to be removed. These are normal everyday images of women, of mothers with children in their homes, not of women posing in sexy positions in bikinis or miniskirts.
What do these people think, that Saudi men can’t handle a few images of mostly fully clad women? Are Saudi men expected to be so sex deprived they would go crazy to see these tempting Swedish women? Do these perverted minds assume all men think like them and would take the magazine into the bathroom for some “private viewing”? How disgusting. Is someone out there really this sick? For the life of me I can’t understand what is wrong with this picture of a family brushing their teeth together:
This is the scene from the normal catalog kitchen section, the screen shot taken from the UAE catalog. How are the UAE men able to handle the images of women btw?
Another image from the real world. A family cooking happily together, father, grandfather, mother, children all joyfully together. What is so wrong with this image that Saudi-Arabia can’t handle it?
The image says “never too many cooks“, are you sure about that IKEA?
First of all scenes like this just don’t exist in Saudi homes. Better to remove the grandpa (although he looks culturally acceptable with his muttawa-look) because he should not be anywhere near the kitchen. The father needs to be deleted so that Saudi women don’t get any ideas in their heads about cooking husbands, what if they started demanding the Saudi men start cooking? Better to protect the Saudi men from this horrid fate.
The woman is dressed so indecently that she needs to be removed straight away.
The kids are helping to set up the table. What! Helping?? For God’s sake, where is the maid?! Totally unacceptable to make children to do housework! They should not have to help with any household chores because the that’s what the maids are for after all, according to what most people around here seem to think.
This is what the kitchen should look like according to Saudi standards:
Above all how could IKEA, which is a company based on family values which comes from a country once chosen as the best country for women to live in, accept this misogynistic madness?
Are women not welcome into the Saudi-Arabian IKEA stores?
Edit: IKEA has issued a statement saying they regret the decision:
“We should have reacted and realized that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalog is in conflict with the IKEA Group values.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444592404578030274200387136.html?mod=WSJUK_hps_LEFTTopWhatNews