For me, if there was someone that I was interested in and felt like I wanted to commit, then I would go to my parents and we would discuss the next steps.” “There is no dating here.
Relationships are basically an arranged marriage between you and a close relative, like a cousin. In fact, it’s so common that we have a high level of genetic diseases because of it.
When I got to the library, I was surprised to see my big brother screaming at me to go home, so I did. I knew before then that women were treated differently in Saudi Arabia, but not like this.” — “I remember when I was in my last year of high school my friends used to go to coffee shops and the beach with each other, but for me, I couldn’t do that because my dad is afraid.
At the same time I was seeing boys travel with their friends, and it made me feel sad to realize that I couldn’t do the same things men could do.” — “It’s very difficult to date here, and it can be very boring because you aren’t allowed to do most things.
It’s been about five years [since I visited America], and the racism since then seems to have highly increased.