September 16, 2007

HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM, ONCE THEY'VE SEEN TV?:

Saudi ban drives women to rebel (IAN MATHER, 9/16/07, scotlandonsunday.com)

A group called the League of Demanders of Women's Right to Drive Cars in Saudi Arabia will present a petition to King Abdullah this week, asking him to "return that which has been stolen from women: the right to free movement through the use of cars, which are the means of transportation today."

The women add: "This is a right that was enjoyed by our mothers and grandmothers in complete freedom."

The exceptionally bold language in a country that uses draconian laws against even the mildest dissent indicates growing self-confidence among Saudi women reformers as the economy slowly opens up to outside influences.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2007 9:31 AM
Comments

Just let some mullah think, about infringing the right to keep and drive cars!

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 16, 2007 5:59 PM

A classmate of mine who spent some years over there in the oil industry told me about the wealthy Arab women who would drive across the bridge (to Dubai? I don't remember) with their cellphone numbers written in large lettering on the bottom of tissue boxes, and flash them at interesting looking fellows.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at September 17, 2007 12:07 PM
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