However, despite the negative associations with dating, there are Muslim men and women who do date, whether they’re looking to marry or not.It’s important to talk about this—no matter what we think of dating, “halal” dating, or just being “friends” with the opposite sex, there will always be people that participate in these activities.When I think about dating in the digital world, the Middle East isn't the first thing coming to mind. By entering a phone number you could learn someone's full name, see comments left on their account, and maybe get a link to their Facebook page.But in pursuit of love, oppressed Saudis -- especially men -- are desperately using mobile apps to try to find a date (or spouse? One such app is Caller Smart, an i Phone service providing caller I. It was the the user comments that caught Arabic speakers using the app romantically. We ran those comments through Google Translate and they seemed to be harmless flirting. You are pretty,' type of stuff." Caller Smart's founder Brian Crane told me in an email.The Arab News article states that:“Perhaps because of the Saudi notion that “good girls” stay away from boys until they go through the social and religious customs that typically culminates with marriage, the boys in the video speak with distain about the girls they know, even denigrating them and generally saying they would never consider marrying these girls.”The idea that “good girls” don’t date isn’t just confined to Saudi society, of course.The patriarchal notion that there are “good girls” and “bad girls” is prevalent in most societies, and it’s definitely not confined to Muslim circles.Circular white walls surround each table in the family section, open only to women alone or women accompanied by close male relatives. Yet despite the barriers, the men and women flirt and exchange phone numbers, photos and kisses.
My question is, are you gonna leave your country in the future?
“I’ve been using Bluetooth since it came out last year.
We’re always looking for new things to add a spark to life,” Reem, 24, told The Associated Press.
But before the UK Government is tempted to launch an Inquiry into said problem, let's just enjoy this photo for what I believe it is: a good gag.
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