Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Women Are Too Dirty To Walk On Saudi Sidewalks

From Omri at the Astute Bloggers:

The Saudis are now segregating sidewalks so their men don't get icky girl cooties:

Saudi Arabia's religious police are insisting that authorities of Medina,
one of Islam's holiest cities, should build separate sidewalks for women, the
Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper said Friday.

The country's Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of
Vice (CPVPV), tasked with enforcing Sharia law, believes men and women should
not be allowed to mix on the streets of the Islam's second holiest place, where
the Prophet Muhammad is buried.

We're tempted to ask something like "what's next - having to sit in the back of a bus?" But we all know Saudi women aren't allowed on buses without male relatives, so no go. And that's before we even get to the Saudis' nuanced views on women in cars. They really do just hate women, don't they?

[Read an extended version of this post at Mere Rhetoric]


Citizen Warrior said...

That's classic, and this is the kind of thing to share with our liberal friends. I think an important point of agreement for both liberals and conservatives is this issue of women's rights. And it is a place where the wall can be breached.

In other words, if people focused on helping women around the world gain and hold basic human rights, it would help weaken the Islamic fundamentalists because you can't have women's rights and follow strict Sharia law at the same time. It would be a way to weaken the fanatical hold on their religious beliefs, including their violent religious beliefs.

One of the things we recommend on citizenwarrior.com is for people to push the "human rights for women" issue very hard. It's a way an ordinary citizen can do something significant about terrorism.

Anonymous said...

Citizen warrior, I agree, I often push womens rights as it is something we all should be agreeing on left & right. (Though some on the left are still in denial and thinks burqas are liberating etc)

Always On Watch said...

The Saudis, for all of their "modernization," are misogynists.

Why can't left and right unite on this one and find a way to drag Saudi into the 21st Century? Boggles my mind.

Pastorius said...

Because the Left just reacts, knee-jerk, to anything the right does.