Unfortunately, even the most clear and logically compelling arguments for the practicality and necessity of allowing women to drive will have trouble gaining traction in a country where religious police beat girls back into a burning school to keep them from going out improperly veiled. Note also what Manal al-Sharif was accused of for her initial defiance of the driving ban: “besmirching the kingdom’s reputation abroad and stirring up public opinion.”
Those are the priorities they are up against. “Saudi Arabia women drive cars in protest at ban,” from BBC News, June 17:
Women in Saudi Arabia have been openly driving cars in defiance of an official ban on female drivers in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
Naturally, there is no mention of Sharia. It is Sharia’s insistence on the separation of the sexes and the control of a male guardian that has led to this situation.
The direct action has been organised on social network sites, where women have been posting images and videos of themselves behind the wheel.
The Women2Drive Facebook page said the direct action would continue until a royal decree reversed the ban.
Also on Facebook, other groups cropped up calling for women drivers to be beaten.
Last month, a woman was arrested after uploading a video of herself driving.
Manal al-Sherif was accused of “besmirching the kingdom’s reputation abroad and stirring up public opinion”, but was released after 10 days having promised not to drive again.
And nothing else has ever besmirched the kingdom’s reputation abroad!
Campaigners have not called for a mass protest – which would be illegal – but have asked women who have foreign driving licences to drive themselves as they go about their daily life.
“All that we need is to run our errands without depending on drivers,” said one woman in the first film posted in the early hours of Friday morning….
Heavens to Murgatroyd, society will collapse!