“Driving is Dangerous for Saudi Women”

Women and Driving Don't Mix - in Saudi Arabia. Photo credit: Blue Abaya

Women and Driving Don't Mix – in Saudi Arabia. Photo credit: Blue Abaya

On Blue Abaya, Layal writes a satirical piece on Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving. http://www.blueabaya.com/2013/10/26th-october-the-day-the-world-almost-came-to-an-end.html

She notes:

A new road sign was designed to spread awareness and remind any forgetful females that driving was not allowed. Clerics tweeted about the adverse affects of women driving cars which no doubt would place her in a dangerous unlawful situation. She might have to interact closely with males, much like her driver. Women might also go out of control when given control of cars which causes the entire society to weaken.

She adds:

The result of the crackdown was that all in all 12 out of the alleged 67 female drivers were caught wheel-handed. The traffic department was satisfied with the successful capturing of women drivers.

And continues:

The females were taken to the police station where they had to sign a pledge stating they will “never, ever, ever drive again”. They were fined for the traffic violation “driving without a license” because there was no law stating that women were not allowed to drive.


  • these people need a new focus in life

  • Guest

    This partly reminds me of the ‘overexposure law’ in South Korea back in the 70-80s which dictates the length of women’s skirts for the sake of building a ‘moral and healthy society’. Ridiculous scenes had been created by this law where women wearing skirts that ended 17 cm above knee were caught by police and had to hold a sign in the street saying “Wear a longer skirt”. (scarily so, a similar law is coming back to life in 2013)

  • mssterrax

    As long as female are treated like children, due to the guardian system ( you need permission to study, to work, to go to a doctor or hospital, to travel etc ) nothing will change…. sorry ladies —But again men will dicide for you……… sorry, sorry…..

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