This now is my new hobby - to compare which is worse for women between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Which is probably an attempt to relativize my disappointment of the situation of women in the UK.*
No matter how big is my disappointment, still I wouldn't voluntarily choose to be not merely a woman but even a man in neither Saudi nor Iran - unless being a pilgrim in Saudi or an anonymous banker in Iran (Iran when will you learn!? Give them bankers this money as bonuses in which case they might even decide not to steal it and immigrate to France or the States, but to stay put and wait for more next year as they do in the Advanced World. For this is the advancement of the world - to mask, and call it turn, vice as, but say into, virtue, isn't it? For the most perfectly beautiful illustration of this Truth watch the best, absolutely best TV series in the world The Young Pope, followed by the New Pope, of the absolutely ingenious Paolo Sorrentino. Sorrentino, who erased my nostalgia of watching Visconti's Death in Venice** at thirteen).
To the subject of my new hobby, today a quick google search has shown that there are at least two Saudi women on high diplomatic positions: UN and US ambassadors. And only one Iranian, ambassador to Malaysia.
This same search reminded me yet another fact in disfavor of Iran - no matter what is the position - Iranian women, unlike the women-fearing Iranian men, have to always be clad in black abaya from head to toe, not merely when in official function, but even when entering any administrative building.
And this is the greatest paradox of the Bearded regime in Tehran, Iranian women-but-not-God-fearing men can dress in any random way, and ever so often they look completely Western; yet it is the Iranian women that have to bare all vestimentary proof of Godfearfulness.
Looking at the google pictures though I can conclude that Saudi female ambassadors can show some individuality and personal taste in their garments selection.
Today, the google search feeding my hobby was inspired by a photo of Princess Rima, SA ambassador to USA, while meeting Mark Pompeo at Riyadh airport. The article was featured in the "Green newspaper" الشرق الأوسط, which couple of days ago sported a half front-page advert of Saudi investment bonds.
While the same paper yesterday, informed that in Jedah, there is Cafe Boho (!not less ! imagine all the sober bohemians. I hope they don't desperately cry, as I do in my sober 2020!) a Saudi male singer sings with an American female (!) singer!
Another point for Saudi men is that their garments are even ghostlier that these of Saudi women.
There is the result of the today's match
SA 2 - 0 Ir
As both get -1 for Yemen , the result turns into +1-1 and a combine result of 0
Which confirms the old Buddhist wisdom that the added result of all human effort = 0 Therefore and only therefore life is good!
* In Bulgaria the gender pay gap in 2013, is 13.0%, which is lower than the European Union average of 16.2%. Google
** Strangely or not, while writing this I received invitation for Death in Venice of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam a show taking place at Barbican Theatre; Thursday 16–Sunday 19 April 2020
20 02 2020