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Saudi Women Don’t Buy Swedish Furniture

Ikea has gotten into some trouble for removing women from its catalogs  in Saudi Arabia.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ikea-regrets-deletion-of-women-from-saudi-version-of-furniture-catalogue/2012/10/01/a67644e8-0bc1-11e2-97a7-45c05ef136b2_story.html

Ikea reps have stated that they “regret” the decision, suggesting that deleting photos of women compromises the corporation’s values.

I wonder why they chose to airbrush women entirely out of the photos, instead of adding photos of women wearing a hijab or something similar, which would have been culturally sensitive and inclusive at the same time. Experts say that McDonald’s has been successful worldwide because they adapt their food to local tastes. Sounds like Ikea could learn a thing or two from Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar.

I guess it’s easier to press the delete button when it’s a picture of a woman….unless, of course, she’s half naked.

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