Women Drivers in Saudi Arabia

John at Crossroads Arabia has an interesting piece on the fact that, contrary to Western perception, women actually do drive cars in Saudi Arabia:

The fact is that many Saudi women do drive, especially in rural areas. They don̢۪t drive in urban areas, where they̢۪re likely to be harrassed by others, be they police, religious poliice, or officious civilians.
This is another front on which women are pushing, in their own ways, to get the society at large to realize that a driver̢۪s license is not synonymous with a license to sell sex.

Of course, as Rusty Shackleford suggests, the fact that this is even news is rather telling.

FILED UNDER: Gender Issues, Middle East
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  1. DC Loser says:

    Can we do something about women drivers in this country? 😉