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Black Encounters Saudi Bathroom Blackout

In a trip to Saudi Arabia with other congressmen (and congresswomen), reports The Tennessean, U.S. Rep. Diane Black had a gender discrimination experience.
When the lawmakers asked to use the bathroom after a lengthy visit to the Saudi Defense Ministry, they ran into an unexpected challenge: no women’s restroom.
“It was kind of like, hmm, OK, I’ve heard about oppression, but really there are just some things that are natural and biological,” Black, a former nurse, said with a laugh in an interview last week.
The male lawmakers on the trip offered to stand outside the men’s restroom while the women used it. But the Saudis seemed to frown on that, so the congresswomen decided they’d just wait.

(The Defense Ministry, the story says, had no women employees.)