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Lulwa, 27, bridles at a deep-seated sexism in Saudi society that she says reduces women to their reproductive functions, even among some members of her liberal circle in which the genders mix and alcohol is sometimes served at parties.
One day a boy tracked her down and left a note on her older brother’s windshield, she says.
“They said, ‘If you sign, we’ll take you home and not tell your parents.’ Instead they took me to jail.” Her mother and brother got her released the next day, and the episode has been kept secret from everybody else except her best friend.
Fadila is lucky — experiences like hers have cost other women their lives.
“Our culture here, they make love a sin,” Waleed said.
Because sex and romantic love remain highly controversial subjects in the kingdom, interviewees spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity, and pseudonyms have been used.
Unlike her career, Fadila’s love life has been a string of disappointments. “They think you’re bad because you go out with them and make out with them,” she laments. Then the respective fathers and brothers gathered in Fadila’s home, which is when she first met and assessed her future fiance.