Saudi Arabian Historian Says U.S. Women Drive Because They Don’t Care About Being Raped
Driving is a normal, everyday activity for women in America, but not all countries belief it’s safe for women to drive and have even gone as far as to ban them from doing so. One historian in Saudi Arabia recently even suggested that their women are treated like “queens” and protected from harm by not being allowed to drive, while American women drive freely because they don’t care about potentially finding themselves in danger while behind the wheel.
via Huffington Post
A Saudi Arabian historian trying to justify the nation’s ban on female drivers says women who drive in other countries such as the United States don’t care if they’re raped and that sexual violence “is no big deal to them.”
Saleh al-Saadoon claimed in a recent TV interview that women can be raped when a car breaks down, but unlike other countries, Saudi Arabia protects its women from that risk by not allowing them to drive in the first place, according to a translation posted online by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
“They don’t care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do,” al-Saadoon said on Saudi Rotana Khalijiyya TV.
“Hold on. Who told you they don’t care about getting raped on the roadside?” asked the host, a woman who is not named in the transcript.
“It’s no big deal for them beyond the damage to their morale,” al-Saadoon replied. “In our case, however, the problem is of a social and religious nature.”
Since the rape argument didn’t seem to be convincing anyone, al-Saadoon tried another approach, claiming that women are treated “like queens” in Saudi Arabia because they are driven around by the men of the family and male chauffeurs.
Saudi women face serious penalties if they are caught driving, including lashing. Two women who defied the ban on driving last year, Loujain al-Hathloul and Maysa al-Amoudi, are being tried in a court that handles terror cases.
Hmmm. What are your thoughts on this “logic” for why Saudi Arabian women are not allowed to drive, Bossip fam? Let’s discuss.