Thursday, June 02, 2005

How screwed up is this?

What kind of a screwed up country will not allow women to drive cars?Apparently Saudi Arabia is very screwed up. They think that banning women from driving will prevent sexual temptation, so instead they have strange men drive the women everyplace they need to go. Does this make any kind of sense, any, any at all?
"Driving by women leads to evil," Munir al-Shahrani wrote in a letter to the Al-Watan daily. "Can you imagine what it would be like if her car broke down? She would have to seek help from men."
Don’t Saudi men have any control? If a woman asks a Saudi man for help, does it normally result in illicit sex.? My god, this is so stupid. It sounds like simple repression to me. By keeping women wrapped in blankets and stuck in a house, men rule.

At one point in the article, Al-Zulfa suggested:
...that only women over age 35 or 40 be allowed to drive — unchaperoned on city streets but accompanied by a male guardian on highways.
What he really suggested is that they should let the old ugly women drive. Perhaps they could drive the pretty ones around so they don’t have to interact with men at all?

Do Saudis go postal?


brad said...

Islam is by its nature a "legal" religion. By legal, Muslims try to manage their impulses and tendency toward vice by managming the outside and even attempting to set up laws. So repression is the answer. All represion: political as well as psychological.

That is the big difference between Islam and Christianity. Christianity says do not manage the outside of the cup but the inside and the outside will take care of itself. So the #1 rule of Christianity is forgive each other. By forgiving, Christians (real followers of Jesus) manage the inside and stop messing with every body so that they could be righteous. That is why trying to keep society pure by laws is so obnoxious. It naseates me as well.

Abe said...

> Do Saudis go postal?

Yes, see 9/11. Must have been all the women driving that pushed those poor boys over the edge. :)