Whenever I buy something from an IKEA store, the domestic bliss promised in the pages of the Swedish company’s catalogue are shattered before too long. “It’s broken,” my husband will complain as the simple instruction manual mocks us. That latent outrage towards IKEA must be shared universally. It is the only way to explain the criticism the company faced when it was discovered that the Saudi Arabian version of its catalogue had airbrushed all the women out in order to satisfy the monarchy’s strict gender segregation rules.
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