What had been passive (aggressive) resistance to women in Saudi Arabia working out has become a little more active.
A campaign, currently in the form of posters, has appeared in the capital of Riyadh that is discouraging of women working out in sports clubs. Since the rash of closing of clubs because of lack of licenses, there has been movement toward women-run clubs and a concerted effort on the part of some Saudi women to retain their opportunities for physical activity. But this campaign seems to be aimed at stopping such activism.
A poster with a picture of a soccer ball with an X through it is featured on a large poster found in an area of the city where women and men can be found walking for exercise. The slogan reads: No to women's clubs.
The person or persons behind the posters remains anonymous.