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How Dare She?!

You are never going to believe this. A woman in Saudi Arabia had the AUDACITY to get behind the wheel of a car. The nerve of her! Who does she think she is, wanting to drive herself. Good grief, what IS the world coming to, I ask you?!

Ahem. I wish I could tell you that this is just some “Onion” type parody, but it is, in fact, true. Yes, Manal Al-Sherif, was detained by the religious police because she got into the driver’s seat:

Authorities detained a Saudi woman on Saturday after she launched a campaign against the driving ban for women in the ultraconservative kingdom and posted a video of herself behind the wheel on Facebook and YouTube to encourage others to copy her.

Manal al-Sharif and a group of other women started a Facebook page called “Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself,” which urges authorities to lift the driving ban. She went on a test drive in the eastern city of Khobar and later posted a video of the experience.

“This is a volunteer campaign to help the girls of this country” learn to drive, al-Sherif says in the video. “At least for times of emergency, God forbid. What if whoever is driving them gets a heart attack?”

Human rights activist Walid Abou el-Kheir said al-Sherif was detained by the country’s religious police, who are charged with ensuring the kingdom’s rigid interpretation of Islamic teachings are observed. [snip]

Al-Sherif has a point – at the very least, women should know the basics of driving a car for emergencies, but also because, well, it’s assholic for them to be barred from something so many of us take completely for granted. Especially since the only reason they are barred from driving is their gender.

But wait – there is more:

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to ban women – both Saudi and foreign – from driving (emphasis mine). The prohibition forces families to hire live-in drivers, and those who cannot afford the $300 to $400 a month for a driver must rely on male relatives to drive them to work, school, shopping or the doctor.

Women are also barred from voting, except for chamber of commerce elections in two cities in recent years, and no woman can sit on the kingdom’s Cabinet. Women also cannot travel without permission from a male guardian and shouldn’t mingle with males who are not their husbands or brothers.

[...]

Dressed in a headscarf and the all-encompassing black abaya all women must wear in public, al-Sharif said not all Saudi women are “queens” who can afford to hire a driver. She extolled the virtues of driving for women, saying it can save lives, and time, as well as a woman’s dignity. Al-Sharif said she learned how to drive at the age of 30 in New Hampshire.

[...]

“We want to live as complete citizens, without the humiliation that we are subjected to every day because we are tied to a driver,” the Facebook message reads. “We are not here to break the law or demonstrate or challenge the authorities, we are here to claim one of our simplest rights.” (Click here to read the rest.)

Well, golly gee – that’s just a little demanding, isn’t it? Wanting to live as “complete citizens” in their own country? Pushy, pushy, pushy…

All snark aside, isn’t it just remarkable that in the 21st century, one of our allies treats women as subhuman based on religious practices? We engage with Saudi Arabia on a regular basis (they have oil, you know). Hell, our president bowed down to their king (!) as if he was one of his subjects. (There is more we are doing for them, too, about which you likely have not heard about in terms of the US crafting a “private security force.” My friend, Diamond Tiger, has the story at her blog, Logistics Monster. Check it out.)

And yet, women there do not have the most basic of rights, ones we take for granted every single day. How would we fare if women in this country had to have a driver, or take a taxi, to work, to school to pick up the kids, to go grocery shopping, to do ANYTHING?? Never mind should an emergency arise. I reckon the women in Saudi Arabia are just SOL.

But, hey, they are our allies, religious police notwithstanding. Heaven forfend we expect better from them in their treatment of half the population. Don’t want to upset them, after all. That would be politically and culturally insensitive of us. I mean, we’re just talking about women, right? Right?

I don’t know if the action al-Sharif and the other women there will be successful or not, but I sure hope so. I wouldn’t expect a whole lotta help from the US on this – it isn’t like we have been adamant that women have more rights there anyway. Oh, we acknowledge there are problems, but when our president bows to their king, I just wouldn’t hold my breath if I was them. Would you?

  • EllenD

    So, Bronwyn, it looks like the only way for my name to show up on the “likes is for me to have an avatar?

  • Anonymous

    You are never going to believe this. A woman in Saudi Arabia had the
    AUDACITY to get behind the wheel of a car. The nerve of her! Who does
    she think she is, wanting to drive herself. Good grief, what IS the
    world coming to, I ask you?!
    ======================
    Hold on to your seats because when our very own progressives (obamacrats) work through kinks with their chumming up to the Muslims, this sort of detention will be coming to a city near you.

  • Anonymous

    What a brave woman, I just hope she doesn’t suffer harm over this. Imagine, not being allowed to drive.

  • JE Colon

    I would never he married to one of those disgusting men. I understand that they make love with the woman pulling up her dress garment and he inserts. It is disgusting for them to look at each others in these countries, yet, the Prince and King of Saudi excuse this behavior when it comes to his harlot.

    • Anonymous

      “…and he inserts”

      While facing towards Mecca and chanting “allahu akbar”….

  • Anonymous

    A woman who can drive can determine her own future, 
    I know this may sound strange but if you can drive you can leave, you can go places in the world were you can’t not be found, this is what they fear.The freedom that I may take for granted everydayto choose what I will do,  if it’s to go to the market orto visit a friend or maybe just to take a drive to the beach is a decision, I make.

    There  are women driving in Indy this year.
    There are women who drive dragsters in the NHRA 

    These are trailblazers, what once was only a male sport
    is now a sport that embraces and accepts women.
    So what are you afraid of ? A woman in a car ? answer, HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!

    And you should be, because one day they are
    GOING TO RUN ALL OVER YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    RRRA- excellent as always.

     

  • HELENK

    this is not a good thing. In this country free speech and dissent are the corner stones of freedom.

    http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/white-house-dedicates-new-position-to-deal-with-unfavorable-online-media_b36292

    backtrack gets more unAmerican every day.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

    • Anonymous

      Something just not right about this.
      Its like we who do not support him get to pay for his campaign.
      Seems like there should be some type of law or ??? that covers this.

    • Lana

      I posted that downstairs. Absolutely unbelievable isn’t it. How do obots justify this censorship??? Really, if this were any other country we would be invading it to spread democracy!

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, Lana, we don’t need internet polizei. If someone doesn’t care for a site, he or she can leave the way they came in. How damn hard is that? I try to tell the squatter trolls at NQ the same thing, all to no avail. Obviously this about a group of damnable anal-retentive control freaks who, not content with their inability to manage their own sorry existences, insist on mismanaging the existences of others. Misery loves company and the obamabots are a truly miserable osrt.

        • EllenD

          If someone doesn’t care for a site, he or she can leave the way they came in.
          __________________________________

          As my mother used to sweetly say:
          “Let me help you out.
          Which way did you come in?”

        • EllenD

          If someone doesn’t care for a site, he or she can leave the way they came in.
          __________________________________

          As my mother used to sweetly say:
          “Let me help you out.
          Which way did you come in?”

    • Anonymous

      Director of Progressive Media & Online Response
      ========================
      ??
      What in hell’s name do these bozos think they’re doing?

      Does this mean they are going to ensure all media is “progressive”?

      Or does it mean that they are going to get progressively more aggressive in their monitoring?

      Hells bells, I’ll go back to carrier pigeons to get a message out rather than answer to a mindless bureaucrat occupying a useless fucking government chair. We are more than rapidly becoming a police state thanks to the neocons and the other group of idiots in the room–the obamabots. I would assume that they will start working on thought control next.

      I do think the states need to take a serious look at where big brother is taking us and petition for a Convention. Enough is quite enough.

    • Anonymous

      So will they fine people, imprision, stone us? I am so tired of the lawlessness, and bullying of these sick bastards.

    • Anonymous

      Is this being paid for out of tax dollars? It better not be, sounds like more of a campaign arm to me.

      • Lana

        Yup, Katmoon. It’s YOUR tax dollars paying for this.

  • Anonymous

    A bit off topic…But when we are talking rights of people it really isn’t.
    My cousin posted this on Facebook…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhl9MLno424

    My daughter is gay…And I am so proud of the way she raised my granddaugther who is now in college.

    • Anonymous

      Kin, I had heard abt this, but hadn’t seen it. WOW – very powerful. Thank you so much for posting that.

      And no doubt, the way your daughter raised her daughter is a reflection of how you raised her. :-)

    • Lana

      Amazing video, kin. Thanks for sharing!

  • HELENK
  • Anonymous

    OT but I want to hear the WH explain this one.

    A message from US President Barack Obama and his wife, first lady
    Michelle Obama, apparently signed by the President with the wrong date
    of 2008 in the distinguished visitors’ book during a tour of Westminster
    Abbey, in central London, as part of his state visit to the United
    Kingdom, Tuesday May 24, 2011

    • Anonymous

      ROTFLMAO – but Harp, you already KNOW how brilliant Obama is. Everyone has told you so! ;-)

    • Anonymous

      Thee One’s signature is looking more and more like the Zodiac Killer’s signature:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac_Killer

      • Lana

        Funny! Obama wishes it were 2008 when people liked him…

        • TeakWookKite

          Hey, That is a “Target”, what is Obama thinking?

          • Anonymous

            IMHO, in both cases, that is the signature of an egomaniacal sociopath.

          • Anonymous

            Oh yeah, and here’s another one–the Unabomber:

            Just
            like the zodiac, Kaczynski used crossed lines inside circles as a
            signature and drew crossed lines inside a circle at a crime scene.

            http://community.aetv.com/service/displayDiscussionThreads.kickAction?as=119137&w=278284&d=516056

            • Anonymous

              WOW!!  Maybe the unibomber and uniobama were twins separated at birth…. :) ~

              “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”

              • Cindy

                hey wait a minute—ted the unibomber is from Chicago—hmmmmmm!

            • Anonymous

              WOW!!  Maybe the unibomber and uniobama were twins separated at birth…. :) ~

              “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”

      • Cindy

        oowawa—OMG you’re right!

    • Anonymous

      I just read a report Obama had to ask the date and then signed 2008.  It was confirmed by a spokesperson at the Abby. 

      • Anonymous

        Now if Sarah Palin had done that . . .

  • Anonymous

    b-b-b-b-but these are just rightwing talking points with the sole purpose of turning muslims in America into second class citizens ala McCarthyism. I know this because my Obot friends tell me so.

    /snark

    • Anonymous

      LOL – I know, right? I continue to be amazed that so-called progressives seem to have no problems with women being treated as worse than chattel in these countries, as long as they can term those beating, or raping, or whipping those women, “Rebels.” Somehow, THAT makes it alright (except in OUR country, where “Rebels’ are seen as de facto racists).  Go figure.

  • carol haka, Matzo

    I can’t comment on how pathetic these creeps are that we have to have in our lives due to the left wing assholes that won’t allow this country to be free energy wise.

    Speaking of other idiots:

    The phone number of the Code Pink protester in Congress this morning interrupting Netty:

    415-994-1723  – Have your way with her!

    Also,  email addresses of those responsible on the Palin hit piece at daily caller regarding once again one of her children:

    jonathan@dailycaller.com      and    sendtips@dailycaller.com

    I told them to tell Tucker were coming after him with his advertisers – Wonkette 2.0

    • carol haka, Matzo

      Sorry, it turns out the real news story of the day is “Piper Palin’s Library book is overdue” which obviously is another hit piece on the Palins as we all know the Palins can’t read!
      :) )

  • Anonymous

    The ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia is strictly a safety factor.  Imagine trying to drive while your movements and vision are impeded by wearing a long abaya.  Saudi men are merely looking out for the well-being of their beloved females.

  • Anonymous

    The ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia is strictly a safety factor.  Imagine trying to drive while your movements and vision are impeded by wearing a long abaya.  Saudi men are merely looking out for the well-being of their beloved females.

    • Anonymous

      The next thing you know, women will want to drive motorcycles, and their abayas will blow way up over their waists, causing all manner of unholy thoughts in the minds of righteous men who are trying to concentrate on serving Allah . . .

      • Anonymous

        LOL, oowawa – what a great visual for the motorcycle rider!

      • Anonymous

        If a woman goes camelback riding, does the bur’qa need to cover the camel she’s riding, oowawa?

        • Cindy

          Ferd—only if the camel is female :)

    • Anonymous

      The next thing you know, women will want to drive motorcycles, and their abayas will blow way up over their waists, causing all manner of unholy thoughts in the minds of righteous men who are trying to concentrate on serving Allah . . .

    • Anonymous

      The next thing you know, women will want to drive motorcycles, and their abayas will blow way up over their waists, causing all manner of unholy thoughts in the minds of righteous men who are trying to concentrate on serving Allah . . .

    • Cindy

      yeah, that’s right…… The Saudi men are SO effin’ lookin’ out for the welfare of the wimmins….. It’s so obvious that a woman in a full frontal burka could see it! :)

      • Anonymous

        I know!  When women in burkas get in a car, they just get out of control.  Imagine what would happen if she were driving!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmzCAn93mZI

        • Anonymous

          ROFL

        • Cindy

          LOL, oowawa—-that’s a little reminiscent of the “Elaine Dance” on Seinfeld :)

          What are those wild & crazy Saudi women, with their “Devil-may-khair” attitudes, gonna think of next?!
           

  • Anonymous

    Wow RRRA….I knew it was really bad in the middle east in many countries for some woman, but this is so archaic. 
    Great article…
    I Feel thatPeople that limit the rights of anyone do not have a good self image of themselves. 
    For some reason this song came to mind……
    For some reason I could just imagine this happening when the women finally say enough is enough…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq1CuhcDj8Y&feature=fvst

    • Anonymous

      Love the Martina McBride video – thanks, Kin!

      It really is telling , isn’t it, those who continue to oppress certain groups, in this case, men over women? I agree – they have issues!

      Btw, this was my old log-in name ages ago, but seems to be the one it remembers. :-)

      • Anonymous

        We can at least tell its you…
        I used to post on the Greta site and she uses this disqus too.  Kind of scary thinking that my name is registered with a few forums..

      • Anonymous

        We can at least tell its you…
        I used to post on the Greta site and she uses this disqus too.  Kind of scary thinking that my name is registered with a few forums..

    • HELENK

      that was the first time I ever heard that song. I love it.
      I really think that Lorrena Bobbit classes should be held in the ME. They are long over due.

      WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

      PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

      • Anonymous

        Hellenk— This is my driving song.  I love playing it when I’m on the open road. Yes “ I’ve got a mustang it’ll do 80″ 

        Picture of my blue poney…LOL–Actually it’ll do more than 80 as I found out on the Nevada open roads last year..

  • Anonymous

    As long as they don`t take it this far.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8fSRbSS0MQ&feature=related

    • Anonymous

      ROTFLMAO – oh, my gosh, Harp – that was hilarious. 

    • Anonymous

      ROTFLMAO – oh, my gosh, Harp – that was hilarious. 

      • Cindy

        Rev. Amy—GREAT post! Yeah! How DARE she?!Gasoline doesn’t grow on trees ya know! It’s ‘spensive and her little escapde cost $$…. plus she’s a girl and don’t know nuthin’! Jeeze! :)  
        I have a question: If the Arab men hate women so much, why do they wear dresses???

        P.S. Is that Jordan? Such a gorgeous horse!

        • Anonymous

          Thanks, Cindy! 

          I know, right? She is wasting MONEY driving around, and you know oil is rare in Saudi Arabia. Oh, wait…

          And yes – that’s my Jordan! Thank you! He is pretty handsome, I have to say…

          • Cindy

            Rev. Amy—-speaking of cars AND horses, we have Pintos. It’s a regional thang! One is blind in one eye but very sweet—actually, all 3 are sweet horsies.
            p.s.  Are Saudi women allowed to ride horses? Camels? or must they walk everywhere?

            • Anonymous

              Oh, I LOVE pintos! Always have. That is so cool, Cindy! And of course they are sweet. How could they not be?!

              Since you asked, I decided to check, and apparently they CAN ride horses, in private equestrian centers, that is.

      • Anonymous

        Jordon is looking good

  • Anonymous

    If they want to drive, let them drive.  Here I thought SA was so damn progressive…lol

    “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”

    http://www.saywhatyouwill.proboards.com

    • Cindy

      PsstCmere—-Well, for people living in the 5th century A.D., they are VERY progressive! Ha!

      • Anonymous

        No doubt…lol

        “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”