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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The course of true love never did run smooth.
While applicable the world over, Shakespeare’s words are particularly true in swiftly changing Saudi Arabia.
Secrecy is the norm, particularly when it comes to sex.
“The elephant in the room is that everybody engages in it, but nobody talks about it,” says Lulwa, an aspiring filmmaker who wears bright red lipstick and lets her headscarf slip off when she thinks she can get away with it.
When Fadila was 17, she fell in love with a member of the country’s vast but powerful royal family. The two used to sit in his car, where she felt safe.Whole families can be disgraced if one member — particularly a female — is seen to have stepped outside of society’s strict social norms.Afterward, Fadila decided to focus on academics, where she has excelled.She spent years studying abroad and has an American boyfriend whom she says she would “never” introduce to her family.But the relationship has no future unless Lulwa leaves her country, or he proposes marriage and converts to Islam. Finding and maintaining a relationship is a challenge even for those who haven’t fallen for a foreigner.