Saudi Arabian Women Protest Driving Ban

Saudi Arabia Driving BanJason Burke writes in the Guardian:

At just after 10 o’clock on Friday morning Maha al-Qahtani swapped places with her husband, Mohammed, and took the wheel of the family car.

For the next 50 minutes, she drove through the Saudi capital, along the six-lane King Fahd Road, through Cairo Square, down the upmarket Olaya Street with its shopping malls, Starbucks, Apple store and boutiques.

“No one tried to stop us. No one even looked,” the 39-year-old civil servant said. “We drove past police cars but had no trouble.”

In fact, the biggest problem for Qahtani was her husband sitting next to her in the family Hummer. “He kept telling me to slow down or speed up. He was very fussy,” she said.

This is Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world that bans women from driving motor vehicles.

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24 Comments on "Saudi Arabian Women Protest Driving Ban"

  1. Anonymous | Jun 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm |

    All the more inspiring when you consider that, in the absence of liquor bars and strip joints, there can’t be anywhere in Saudi worth driving to.

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Jun 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm |

    All the more inspiring when you consider that, in the absence of liquor bars and strip joints, there can’t be anywhere in Saudi worth driving to.

  3. Grooveboss | Jun 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm |

    so what, some countries most people dont drive because they ban being able to afford a car with subtle social conditioning. Driving sucks anyway this spoiled lady needs to call a cab and shut up. I need more articles on aliens and the occult not this crap. 

  4. Grooveboss | Jun 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm |

    so what, some countries most people dont drive because they ban being able to afford a car with subtle social conditioning. Driving sucks anyway this spoiled lady needs to call a cab and shut up. I need more articles on aliens and the occult not this crap. 

  5. Penguins4life | Jun 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm |

    As a Muslim im gonna say Saudis are idiots and on behalf of the Muslims we apologize for this stupidity. I have 2 sisters and my mom all drive without us ever having a problem with it in any way. Straight up Saudis are idiots with too much money and free time.

  6. Penguins4life | Jun 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm |

    As a Muslim im gonna say Saudis are idiots and on behalf of the Muslims we apologize for this stupidity. I have 2 sisters and my mom all drive without us ever having a problem with it in any way. Straight up Saudis are idiots with too much money and free time.

  7. The biggest problem was her husband.  Well, Saudi women, welcome to the world of the back seat drivers.

  8. The biggest problem was her husband.  Well, Saudi women, welcome to the world of the back seat drivers.

  9. The biggest problem was her husband.  Well, Saudi women, welcome to the world of the back seat drivers.

  10. Saudi women are some of the most intelligent women I’ve ever met.
    They study abroad, drive around and be like any other woman in the West ( just having a different confession, so what ).  And when they go back, they have to undergo the stupidity of this patriarchical society, which just doesn’t add up.

  11. Saudi women are some of the most intelligent women I’ve ever met.
    They study abroad, drive around and be like any other woman in the West ( just having a different confession, so what ).  And when they go back, they have to undergo the stupidity of this patriarchical society, which just doesn’t add up.

  12. Anonymous | Jun 17, 2011 at 11:55 pm |

    I’m pretty sure this is exactly what prophet muhammad had in mind

  13. You conveniently leave out, as do 99.999% of MSM, that Orthodox Jewish women in New York are also not allowed to drive and must sit in the back seat…this in the “Land of the free”. 

  14. You conveniently leave out, as do 99.999% of MSM, that Orthodox Jewish women in New York are also not allowed to drive and must sit in the back seat…this in the “Land of the free”. 

    • Wrong on two counts. One, there is nothing keeping Orthodox Jewish women from driving. You apparently have never lived in a place with lots of Orthodox Jews or you would know otherwise. Two, in Saudi Arabia, it is illegal for women to drive which is a completely different argument.

      Your argument is absurd either way. I don’t care if someone chooses not to drive because it’s somehow in their belief system, that’s their choice. We’re talking about a country where not being Muslim is practically a crime (it is illegal for any citizen to not be Muslim), and all the more so if you don’t follow all their extremist rules even if you are Muslim.

      I’m not entirely surprised she didn’t get arrested. Most policemen probably figured it’s ok if she’s with a man. It’s illegal for women to go places without male escort, and they are much more serious about that rule so this experiment is rather minor to begin with. Reminds me of the time I read some book on feminist women in Muslim countries. In Saudi Arabia, one woman’s story was that she demanded to be allowed to open a salon for women (there was some law or something against women owning businesses), and they gave her a permit, and this is the big accomplishment she was proud of. Sounds like the 18th century to me.

  15. ALTHOUGH.  90% of the stupid shit I see happens on the roads is due to a woman. Just saying. I just watched a  woman go the wrong way through a one-way and hit a truck head on. There were about 6 signs telling her not to do that….

  16. Anonymous | Jun 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm |

    Wrong on two counts. One, there is nothing keeping Orthodox Jewish women from driving. You apparently have never lived in a place with lots of Orthodox Jews or you would know otherwise. Two, in Saudi Arabia, it is illegal for women to drive which is a completely different argument.

    Your argument is absurd either way. I don’t care if someone chooses not to drive because it’s somehow in their belief system, that’s their choice. We’re talking about a country where not being Muslim is practically a crime (it is illegal for any citizen to not be Muslim), and all the more so if you don’t follow all their extremist rules even if you are Muslim.

  17. Everybody was NIN-JA DRI-VIN’.
    Foot Clan was FAST AS LIGHT-NIN’.

  18. Everybody was NIN-JA DRI-VIN’.
    Foot Clan was FAST AS LIGHT-NIN’.

  19. Stuff like this just slays me.

    Where PRECISELY in the Holy Quran does it say “Allah, praised be his name, saith, the women among you shall not control the horseless carriage which has yet to be invented.”

    The offense to Islam is in using it to advance your petty cultural misogyny.

  20. Stuff like this just slays me.

    Where PRECISELY in the Holy Quran does it say “Allah, praised be his name, saith, the women among you shall not control the horseless carriage which has yet to be invented.”

    The offense to Islam is in using it to advance your petty cultural misogyny.

    • It says it in the Hadith of “STFU and do what we say or we will kill you.” This is the face of religious extremism when they rule countries, and they are working hard at taking over any country that isn’t run their way.

  21. Anonymous | Jun 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm |

    It says it in the Hadith of “STFU and do what we say or we will kill you.”

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