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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  • Liam_McGonagle

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Grooveboss

    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. 

  • Grooveboss

    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. 

  • Penguins4life

    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.

    • JoiquimCouteau

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

  • Penguins4life

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=856960297 facebook-856960297

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=856960297 Anonymous

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=856960297 Anonymous

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

  • 58GH

    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.

  • 58GH

    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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • ro9397

    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”. 

  • ro9397

    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”. 

    • SF2K01

      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.

  • Dgsd

    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….

  • Anonymous

    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.

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    Foot Clan was FAST AS LIGHT-NIN’.

  • http://twitter.com/MiGaOh Michael G. O’Hair

    Everybody was NIN-JA DRI-VIN’.
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  • 5by5

    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.

    • SF2K01

      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.

  • 5by5

    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.

  • Anonymous

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