She asked NPR not to use her last name, in case her parents find out.
"You can't tell your parents that you're dating someone," she says.
The Gulf kingdom now allows things like movies, music and theater that it once forbade.
More men and women are openly mixing in public than before.
"You know I'm sort of weirded out that girls are more active in pursuing men than men are," he says.
"I've been catcalled, believe it or not." The 26-year-old man is wearing a , a long white gown. Women are encouraging him to date, he adds — he never believed that would happen in Riyadh, a famously conservative city.
The CAMERA boycott also extended to the New York Times and Washington Post.
The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), a pro-Israel American media monitoring organization based in Boston, has been particularly critical of NPR.
The 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict brought a fresh round of complaints to the ombudsman from both sides that NPR was not assigning blame to the other side, or that a particular story focused on an event or guest favorable to one side (to which the ombudsman responded that complainants ignored other balancing stories that featured the other side).
A 2004 FAIR study concluded that "NPR’s guestlist shows the radio service relies on the same elite and influential sources that dominate mainstream commercial news, and falls short of reflecting the diversity of the American public." Further studies published in 2015 by FAIR demonstrate a lack of diversity in NPR's board members.
Though some in the deeply conservative country are bothered by it, a growing hookup culture is one of the latest signs of gradual social change. They just had to be careful and devise ways to meet.
A man would write his phone number on a piece of paper and drop it on the ground near a woman he was interested in. "I've seen girls who are pro-active and if they like a guy, they would go to him, and that's happening a lot right now," she says.