Ikea prints 208 million catalogs in 43 countries every year. They are all the same, except in Saudi Arabia, where women have been Photoshopped out because their photos “show too much skin,” according to the Islamic Kingdom’s laws. And it’s not the only thing that gets altered.
A woman who is having dinner with her husband around a dinner table was completely removed, replaced by an empty table. Another one cleaning her teeth with her son, shown above, was eliminated. Even one of the Ikea employees presenting the catalog—Clara Gausch, one of the four designers—was erased with Photoshop. The other three designers are all there. They are all male.
The censorship is not only about women: wine glass gets translated to “festive glass” because you can’t have alcohol in Saudi Arabia. Festive glasses are for Diet Coke only.
Not our fault, says Ikea
Ikea argues that it is not their fault: the Saudi Arabia catalog is published by a franchise. But they regret they haven’t acted before it was too late, said Ikea spokeswoman Sara Carlsson. “We should have reacted and acknowledge that eliminating women in Saudi Arabia version [of the catalog] conflicts with Ikea’s values.”
But this it not the first time this has happened: another woman was deleted from a catalog in the early 90s because, even while she was dressed properly with pants and a long skirt, she was considered lazy. Her sin: she was lying down on a sofa, enjoying a book. According to Anne-Marie Colliander Lind, one of the translators for that catalog, only women performing chores like attending the stove or cleaning dishes were allowed. Anything else was considered a problem.
Swedish Commerce Minister Ewa Björling found the censorship sad, arguing that “you can’t push women away from reality” and that “this is a sad example of how far Saudi Arabia is from gender equality.” [Metro (in Swedish)
I just got attacked on Twitter for saying that i’ve been vegan for two years,some even said that I’m insane and not normal for being one O_O.. Oh how much I hate my country and its stupid residents :)
In other news, large bearded men taste like stale cheetos.
this is not funny collegehumor, am i the only one who reacts to this, forcing a kiss on someone is not funny, you cant just invade someone’s privacy like that,would it still be funny if she broke down, but who cares she only a woman right she probably wanted it right, fuck i hate rape culture!
So I’m watching Wife Swap and it’s a vegan family and a meat loving family. The mother who ate meat made a good point: “Not everybody can AFFORD to be a vegan, money doesn’t grow on trees for us.” And that’s exactly why I stopped being a vegetarian. I felt bad that my…
TBH I saved up more money ever since I became vegan, meat and chicken and all the other related crap costs more money than vegs , rice and fruits -__-..
the hardest part about being a feminist is knowing that one day soon i will grow 15 feet and my arms will shrink and i will become a t-rex with an insatiable appetite for man blood
and there’s nothing i can do to stop it
I really tried to capture his facial expression.