“I look at girls in their early 20s, and I think, They carry themselves more confidently.” where she had plumped onto a sofa to pour us Arabic coffee, Noof Hassan was testing out the word “headhunted.” She had never learned this in her English classes at school, and when she heard me say it, she made me repeat it because she liked it so much. Now, in the lighting assembly plant that had just poached her away, Noof was in charge of ten times that many. Addressing each other with more than formal courtesies. There are women here who won’t even consider a job that requires it.
There are women who might consider such a job but are overruled by their parents, or their husbands, or worried relatives saying, no, not you; other Muslim countries may permit such a thing, but in Saudi Arabia this is not what decent women do.
Models like this one are often foreign, as that role is still seen as risqué.
A woman’s new party dress and eye makeup might be seen only by her husband and female friends; for those who can afford these things, they’re enticing nonetheless.
Somewhere along that complicated spectrum, improvising to suit her own ideas about dignity, Noof has established her personal requirements inside the company offices: no physical contact with men, please, no matter how incidental.
History will come alive this weekend at Averasboro. Cost will be $5 for adults, and children under 12 will be admitted free.
Come visit Oak Grove Plantation House, an original home used as a Hospital during the Battle of Averasboro.
There will be both Confederate and Union Re-inactors on hand.
You can tour the Plantation House, walk through the Camps, see live demonstrations, or purchase wares from the sutlers.
The Oak Grove Plantation’s living history will be from 10 a.m.
POWER BRUNCH, SAUDI VERSION Aljazi Alrakan (standing), a dentist and self-described lifestyle blogger, joins friends in a fashionable Riyadh restaurant. But this time even my boss said, ‘We don’t want you to go—but this is a good offer.’ ” Noof is 32 and has thick brown hair, caramel skin, and merry, almond-shaped eyes.