December 07, 2005
The Saudi Women's Driving Protest: 15 Years Later
Faiza Ambah writes in the Christian Science Monitor on the 15 years that have elapsed since a dramatic protest by some Saudi women over their lack of driving rights.
Just to be a curmudgeon, I note this passage: "But the opposition to driving often comes from women themselves. A group of some 500 women, including university professors, doctors, journalists, and teachers, sent a petition to King Abdullah in July saying they wanted things to stay the way they were."
In the spirit of my own essay "Oppressed People Suck", I obnoxiously opine that whenever you find any aggregation of human beings who can accurately be considered "chronically oppressed", one need only look at about 2/3ds of members of that class to explain the paralysis in lifting oneself up. Not to let the oppressor group off the hook for the moral and causative share of responsibility, just a reminder that the fault dear Brutus is in ourselves.
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Of course they want things to stay the same way.
Otherwise they'd have no legal need to hire burly young male drivers that enhance their lives in so many ways...
Posted by: secretdubai at December 8, 2005 02:13 AM