National Geographic : 1988 Feb
One tree can make 3,000,000 matches. One match can burn 3,000,000 trees. Members Forum Women of Saudi Arabia I was overjoyed to see the cover article on women of Arabia in the October 1987 issue. As an 18 year-old Saudi woman studying in the United States, I try to explain the situation of my sisters to Western friends, often without success. This article said almost everything I wanted to say and then some. People do not realize how much more the veil means to us than a covering. Saudi Ara bia would not be Saudi Arabia without the veil. IZDIHAR MANSUR Troy, New York I have just returned from Saudi Arabia, where I encountered heightened criticism of the Western press stemming from your October article, spe cifically the pictorial coverage. Some pictures caused great offense, in particular those of Prin cess Jawharah's banquet and the aerobics class. The main objection was that Jodi Cobb took those pictures on the understanding that they were for personal record only or without the knowledge of her hostesses. She abused the hos pitality and betrayed the trust placed in her by those who opened their doors, possibly out of re gard for Marianne Alireza. I feel that she could not have agreed to the published pictures. H. ST. JOHN ARMITAGE East Horrington,Somerset Jodi Cobb and MarianneAlireza made it clearto all that the photographs, such as this one ofMai Yamani in Jiddah, were for publication in the GEOGRAPHIC. Mrs. Alireza's opinions were also sought duringpicture layout. Many women pic tured have not only expressed theirpleasurewith the photographsbut also requestedprints.