I had the most interesting friendship for awhile (she’s disappeared on me now) with a young Saudi woman in SL. I learned so much from talking with her. I have to confess that I am very curious about how life really is for women there. And I have to further confess that it’s rather like my prurient interest in cults in general. Scientology makes me shiver with horror, and how about life as a smart Mormon woman: http://www.feministmormonhousewives.org/ I read the women struggling to reconcile their sense of independence with their loyalty to their church. They wouldn’t like my solution, I’m sure. But somehow I can’t take my eyes away from the train wreck.
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a Saudi movie before, but just watched _Wadjda_ and very much recommend it. I wish I could hear my young friend’s reaction. And lest we in the west get on any high horses, I saw this post soon after that film and it was an eerie juxtaposition: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2014/04/there-such-thing-feminine-way-ride-bike/8886/