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Dec 29 2013

Quick, call this woman’s owner

News from our ally Saudi Arabia: another woman nabbed for driving a horseless carriage.

Saudi police on Saturday pulled over a woman minutes after she got behind the wheel in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after activists called for a new challenge to a driving ban.

“Only 10 minutes after Tamador al-Yami got behind the wheel police stopped her,” activist Eman al-Nafjan told AFP, adding that Yami carries an international driving licence and was with another woman who was filming her in the car.

Tamador’s husband was called to the scene and she was forced to sign a pledge not to drive again without a Saudi licence, said Nafjan on her Twitter account.

Has it all – surveillance, imposition of male “guardian” on adult woman, coercion to sign a pledge, and the insulting “without a Saudi licence” when women can’t get a Saudi licence.

The absolute monarchy is the only country in the world where women are barred from driving, a rule that has drawn international condemnation.

Why condemnation? Because women are human beings too; adult human beings with the necessary cognitive development to drive cars. That’s why.

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  1. 1
    martincohen

    So when are the Olympics going to be held in Saudi Arabia?

  2. 2
    Ophelia Benson

    The Olympics are haram!!

  3. 3
    Pierce R. Butler

    Her “owner” must be both supportive and influential, or Tamador would be not-driving behind bars.

    Should the Google-mobile voice-controlled self-driving car catch on, will Saudi women get authorization to talk to it?

  4. 4
    DrewN

    Should the Google-mobile voice-controlled self-driving car catch on, will Saudi women get authorization to talk to it?

    And put the poor menz at risk of hearing a woman’s voice? Think of the temptation that would cause them! Don’t be silly.

  5. 5
    angharad

    Not to mention, of course, that if a woman can drive a car then she can get away that much more easily. Can’t be having that.

  6. 6
    zibble

    For that matter, it’s a surprise women are allowed feet.

    They weren’t in quite a few societies.

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