At last!

After years of prohibiting women from driving, Saudi Arabia has finally relented.

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h/t: Bruce

29 Comments

  1. gbjames
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    lol

    • MNb
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Indeed.

    • Natashe Whay
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      Not meant to be funny. It’s a very serious protection for little girly cars against big-man SUV’s that will be unable to control their desire to rear-end it!

      • Posted September 24, 2013 at 5:19 am | Permalink

        Well SOMEBODY failed here. There’s still a bit of tire showing, and frankly, I’m offended. So much so that I think I need to watch some women’s gymnastics to wind down.

        • Diane G.
          Posted September 24, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

          OMG, you’re right! It’s so obvious once you point it out–like they’re purposely inciting unwanted excitation.

          Could anything more clearly demonstrate the need to protect men from those devious sirens?

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 24, 2013 at 12:58 am | Permalink

      Hilarious!

  2. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    More trouble than it was worth, methinks. It doesn’t even make a good weather cover. I sure hope it isn’t actually being driven in traffic.

  3. Lianne Byram
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Funny!

  4. Posted September 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    AWRAH Limited (4-cylinder crossover).

    OPEC approved and ready for 2014.

  5. Posted September 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Do they get teh stoning for carpooling?

  6. Posted September 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    LOL! But that is an Afghan car wearing a chadri… Its bright blue colour would shock the Saudi men. 😉

    • Genghis
      Posted September 24, 2013 at 12:25 am | Permalink

      Quite so. You’d never see a Saudi woman wearing a blue burka. They wear black and don’t have the mesh covering the eyes.

  7. Leigh Jackson
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Kind of adds to the mystery, don’t you think?

  8. Steven Obrebski
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I am somewhat mystified. Women are apparently not allowed out except in the company of a male relative approved by their husbands of fathers, and the burqua can be a significant inhibitor of peripheral vision while driving. So big deal! The retrograde barbarism of the Wahabi religion is perhaps the best example of how religion can poison people’s minds.

  9. Steven Obrebski
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I have a solution. The Wahabis could rule that cars are males and if the woman can start the car, she has automatic permission to drive away. But she’s in deep doodoo if she runs out of gas or the starter won’t work while on a drive. What is the gender of the word for car in Arabic anyway?? If it is feminine then my idea is not practical, is it??

    • Dick Veldkamp
      Posted September 24, 2013 at 12:18 am | Permalink

      One Arabic word for car is ‘saiyara’ (plural saiyarat), which is feminine.

  10. irritable
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    It must be possible to adapt this to bicycles, skateboards, aircraft etc …

  11. rose
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I grew up in the Betty Freidan era.Read her book at 17 didn’t think much of it. I always thought that American women compared to other countries had nothing to complain about

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      The abuse isn’t institutionalized in the West but individuals can still suffer. I can tell you that when I took physical and mental abuse from a boyfriend in my 20s and thought I deserved it, I didn’t feel all that privileged.

    • D'oh
      Posted September 24, 2013 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Yeah, and house plantation slaves didn’t have much to complain about compared to field slaves. So?

      • Diane G.
        Posted September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am | Permalink

        + 1

  12. Steven Obrebski
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Re: Diana MacPherson above:
    In the 70’s I worked at a small biological field station offering Master’s degrees in biology. A well published woman applied for
    and opening but my senior colleagues said that we were “not ready to have a woman colleague”. She would of course have eclipsed us all.
    Sexist harassment by the
    male students prevailed. I had to make some effort to make sure my own women students got the support and attention that
    the men got. Some years later I learned more of the gory details of what really went on from some of my women students. On one occasion a bunch of men sabotaged and made useless a woman’s experiments, which were near completion after 4 months of work. She had to start all over. If I had known this at the time I would have had the men expelled. I could go on and on about prejudice against women in various academic settings in those days. Things have changed tremendously since then , but I think
    Freidan was off the mark with that statement.

    • Steven Obrebski
      Posted September 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      I should have said that rose’s statement above , not Freidans was off the mark.

    • darrelle
      Posted September 24, 2013 at 6:01 am | Permalink

      Damn, that is disgusting.

      “On one occasion a bunch of men sabotaged and made useless a woman’s experiments, which were near completion after 4 months of work.”

      I can’t think of anything that screams LOSER(!) louder or clearer than that. I wonder if any of those paragons of manliness are ever bothered by memories of their participation in that little episode of persecution.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted September 24, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

        I hope they grew up & looked back on their actions with shame.

        I had a friend who was taking a course to be a pilot. He said there was one woman in the class and because the instructors were older, ex military they didn’t even try to hide their misogyny (indeed it was probably so normal to them that they didn’t see it as bad). He told me of one instance where an instructor was in the aircraft with him and other students in other aircraft. They were getting ready to taxi out and he said, “hurry up and get going, no bitch is going to beat me”. Wow. Testosterone much?

        This was the 90s & I hope it is less of an issue now.

        • darrelle
          Posted September 24, 2013 at 6:52 am | Permalink

          Sounds like fear to me. Fear of what your like minded peers will think of you if you are bested in some way by someone who is, by definition to them, inferior.

          In short, fear of castration. A not entirely unreasonable fear if taken literally. The problem is with what they equate with castration.

  13. Posted September 24, 2013 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    “This video has been removed by the user.”

    😦


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