I am a 21st century girl, living in a conservative country. The world moves at the speed of race cars and I on sputtering trucks; that is what others think.
The country I abide in is still considered a third world country because of its inability to stand side by side with the western culture and laws. Despite the fact that people are in a way bound by the conservative laws, I feel that the pace of this century is fast. Kids have grown faster than we would wish, exposed to knowledge earlier than the appropriate time considered and provoked beyond limit to walk unheeded paths. Saudi Arabia is a country defined by luxury and limits. We have been given the luxury to spend money yet limited by governing rules of Islam and as far as my opinion goes it is fine.
In spite of my view on how lives are spent here, there are many natives who dislike this lifestyle and to be more particular with an age group it’s “The Teens”.
Since Saudi rules are governed by laws of Islam, female and male friends cannot integrate or communicate, they cannot go out together or be seen in public or show any affection; females are required to wear an Abaya which is a loose black robe that drapes you from shoulders to toes and are also asked to wear a headscarf along with it; alcohol is prohibited and any other beverage that has alcohol.
Yet despite all the laws everything is being done. Guys and girls hangout all the time, alcohol is drunk and girls walk without their abayas, just not publicly.They have places to meet up and party where they would be less likely caught. They enjoy on full blast but behind closed doors and in my opinion that is far worse
The restrictions that had them bound have caused them to push away and retaliate worse than a normal situation. They don’t abide by the rules, they break them. It’s like if a container is crammed with a lot, the heat rises increasing the pressure thus making the container explode.So the effect of closing it all in is, kids have gone beyond limits to know and do what they are asked not to, in turn doing worse.
Anyway no matter what the cause is it really is an individual’s decision to take that step or not and apparently it seems like limits are more fun to cross and rules more fun to break.No one can say that the youth of KSA has no comparative knowledge to the youth of the western world, they are far ahead than people think, their life runs on moving trains.