Human Rights Badasses

Arab News

These are the leaders of a movement in Saudi Arabia to overturn the ban on women driving. They’re turning in petitions and petitions and more petitions until it works. They’ve been hacked several times. I’m impressed with them. These are the people you can refer to when someone says, “Well some women like to wear veils and so on.” Then you can say, yay for those women who like to wear veils, they can keep right on wearing them after these women who don’t like the veils win the right to remove them, and likewise with other currently limited rights, driving in this case. “We won’t force it on those who don’t want it,” al-Oyouni says.

We do tend to get into that culture issue with stuff like this, though, don’t we? Catherine Bennett of the Guardian talked about that a little bit with regard to King Abdullah’s visit to the UK. I don’t think she’s entirely right that Britain has no male supremacy, and normally I would go so far as to say it was hypocritical, because I think people have a tendency to think that the types of oppression they’re used to are not as bad than types that they’re unfamiliar with, but when you’re talking about Saudi Arabia, ok, I’ll grant that from what I know, it is worse there. But anyway, it’s an interesting read. The comment that sexism gets written off as a cultural thing more often than some other types of oppression are worth considering. I hate the Oppression Olympics, but sometimes analogies are helpful to sort through the issues of respecting all genders and respecting all peoples, at the same time. At least this no-driving thing is said not to be a religious requirement.


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