IKEA Airbrushes Women from Saudi Catalog

by Charles C. W. Cooke

CNN reports that IKEA is, let’s say, not doing its bit against Saudi oppression of women:

Images of women were airbrushed from copies of the Swedish-based retailer’s annual catalog shipped to the religiously conservative Islamic kingdom.

For example, one photo in the publication showed a mother, father and two children in a bathroom. In the Saudi version, the image of the woman was removed.

The news, first reported by Sweden’s Metro newspaper, nearly made Sweden’s trade minister, Ewa Bjorling, fall off her chair — or throw one.

“I regret that there is still such a long way to go when it comes to gender equality in Saudi Arabia, which these images clearly show,” she said.

A couple of images: On the left, the original, and on the right, the Saudi version:

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