How do you know “it’s the current year”? Well, that’s an easy one: moderate Islam seems to be winning the hearts and minds, as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia just announced on Tuesday it will no longer ban women from driving, thus finally ending a backward and medieval policy that has become an internet-meme regarding women-oppression in Islamic regimes. However, the change will not take effect until next year, in June of 2018, so Saudi women will just have to wait a while. And if you are wondering why, well, Saudi cops will require special training in order to properly interact with women drivers.
However, even if women will be allowed to drive at some point in the future, they are still required to be accompanied by a male guardian at all times when they’re outside the house, and that obviously includes driving. Various Muslim clerics argued over the years that allowing women to drive would lead to promiscuity, it would harm women’s ovaries and it would also destroy the Saudi civilization slowly but surely.
The historic decree was issued by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud just days after President Trump slammed Saudi Arabia’s horrific human rights record during his UN address. According to Al Aribaya quoting the Saudi Press Agency:
“The royal decree will implement the provisions of traffic regulations, including the issuance of driving licenses for men and women alike,”
Saudi Arabia is an ultra-conservative theocracy, ruled by Sharia law and it makes for the birthplace of Islam. Also, despite the apparent relaxation of the “rules”, Saudi women can still be beaten for their alleged/perceived disobedience, with no recourse whatsoever. They can also be divorced at a word, their testimony is half that of a man, they receive smaller shares of the inheritance and they are forced to cover their heads when they go out, and that includes driving.
Driving with a bag on their head, that will be comedy gold:
Photo: REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser