May 03, 2002
"Dare You Touch Me?"

Several bloggers have quoted the Arab News' report that Saudi women have been wearing abayas inscribed on the back in Arabic with the words "Dare you touch me?"

Not to give these women any ideas, but Clement of Alexandria, one of the early Church fathers, reports that in his day the prostitutes of Ephesus had "erotic messages of greeting" imprinted on the soles of their sandals. (The passage is Paedagogus 2.116, if you want to look it up.) The message they left behind as they walked (or more likely sashayed) along was apparently "follow me". Saudi Arabia has plenty of sand: the same method should work there. Of course, it must be carved mirror-style to come out right.

Perhaps I should add, to avoid misunderstanding, that I do not mean to imply that these courageous Saudi women are prostitutes or in any way resemble them. We'll leave that particular comparison to the prurient minds of the members of the Commission for Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice. I'm sure they have already thought of it without any help from me or Clement.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at May 03, 2002 11:49 PM