Maureen Dowd's 'Girls' Guide To Saudi Arabia' New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd talks to Mary Louise Kelly about a piece she wrote for Vanity Fair magazine's August issue. In "A Girls' Guide to Saudi Arabia," Dowd writes about her vacation to Saudi Arabia.
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Maureen Dowd's 'Girls' Guide To Saudi Arabia'

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Maureen Dowd's 'Girls' Guide To Saudi Arabia'

Maureen Dowd's 'Girls' Guide To Saudi Arabia'

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"A Girls' Guide to Saudi Arabia" is the provocative headline splashed across a story in the new issue of Vanity Fair.

The author is the often provocative Maureen Dowd, a columnist for The New York Times.

Dowd recently spent 10 days in the kingdom — playing tourist, seeing the sights and pushing the limits of Saudi hospitality.

While there, she had to wear an abaya which is a loose, usually black robe worn by Muslim Women, and accompanied with a headscarf.

Dowd says the abaya "makes you look like a mummy and feel like a pizza oven."

About her time there, Dowd writes, "It's the most bewitching, bewildering, beheading vacation spot you'll never vacation in."