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There’s one great incongruity about rebellious Saudi women driving cars

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You may have heard or read — HERE, for example — that some women in Saudi Arabia are openly flouting the conservative Islamic prohibition on women driving cars.

In one sense, I admire these women for bravely demanding a right that most of the rest of the world takes for granted. Good for them.

In another sense, however, I’m struck by the discordant images of women pushing for social reform by driving cars — while wearing headgear that says so much more about the oppression they face.

Their token defiance seems to say this: Go ahead! Treat me like dirt! But please give me the keys to the car!

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  1. Denjise Heid

    I see no incongruity here. According to the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, modesty in the Qur’an concerns both men’s and women’s gaze, gait & garments. This is religious based. Prohibition of women driving automobiles has no basis in the Qur’an. It is merely a cultural more. If you examine our own culture – women were also oppressed by the philosophical underpinnings of American Society. It took many years for women to achieve an equal status with men (and many, to this day, believe that bias still exists). Middle Eastern women are following along their own evolutionary path, at their own pace. In time, perhaps, many will forgo the burka and hijab for more practical dress, as they do here.

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