Not all Saudi women fighting for equal rights, freedoms

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  • kaiserdr
    June 13, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    There are many misconceptions about Saudi Arabia and women's rights there. My family lived there for more than 20 years.

    In some areas women can drive, in others they can not. What is not understood is that families living in Saudi Arabia hire expatriate drivers to shuttle the women around. The cost of hiring a driver is small, and they are on call to drive family members anywhere they need to go, run errands and often even do household chores, including cooking.

    When we lived in Jeddah my wife's Saudi friends asked why I MADE her drive--asking if we could afford the $100 a month they paid their driver. They felt American women were mistreated because they HAD to work and drive.

    Saudi women have many conveniences that American women wish they had.

  • CougarKeith
    June 13, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    All I can say is "Defect"!!! I don't know how, but that is your only option! Besides some women take "Equal Rights" beyond the norm and ruin it for Real Women, and those oppressed in other countries. I feel bad for them, but that is the way it is.

    Did you know that "Deseret" had women voting before it was legal in the U.S.! They also had jobs, and did a lot of things "Equal" to men in the old "Deseret"! Then it became a "Territory" and the United States took the right for Deseret Women to vote AWAY from them!!! Mormon women had more equal rights way before American Women ever dreamed of it, and they are called "Oppressed"? Kind of makes you wonder about "What Is Truth"? Something to think about?

  • Lee
    June 13, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    Article: “Sheik Abdul Rahman al-Barrak, another prominent cleric, issued a fatwa stating that proponents of gender mixing should be killed.”

    Ah the priestcraft, wanting to control everybody and everything.

    As for Ms Yousef, it makes no sense why she wants to prevent others from obtaining their liberty. She must be very indoctrinated indeed.