OOOOOOOhhhhhhAhhhhhhh….Saudi Women Can Vote! soon.
Hey, check it out. Saudi Women can vote. (be sure to read the fine print.) My initial response to this news was positive, but then my inner uppity feminist yelled at my don’t make waves feminist self and I realized two things: 1. How noble of the Saudi King to grant women the right to vote. <—-read that again
And the other thing I realized is summed up perfectly right here:
“So I can vote, but I can’t get a driver’s licence,” said one Saudi woman from Jeddah, who said she had to remain anonymous. “If I use my name I may be breaching the guardianship law here.”
Laws demand that a male guardian – a father, brother, or son – accompany women on any trip outside the house. When some women in Riyadh attempted to test it earlier in the year by driving cars, the move was seen as a provocation by authorities and several of the drivers were arrested. Separation of the sexes in public is also strictly enforced.
Oh, I know. Many of you will think that those of us in the Western part of Little Blue ought to rejoice because ‘it’s a step in the right direction’. Maybe you’re right. But I just can’t get on board right now.
#&^%*@#!!!!!! IT’S 2011 AND WITH ALL OF OUR ‘ENLIGHTENMENT, INDUSTRIALIZATION, PROGRESS, ETC., WOMEN OF THE WORLD ARE STILL BEING RAPED, BEATEN,and HACKED TO BITS. THEY ARE STILL PROPERTY–a resource or an asset that a man (a human lucky enough to be born with a penis) has the right to buy, sell, and treat in the way that he sees fit. Women are still being held responsible for the crimes and misdeeds of men (something we can discuss in the comments).
Even in the US, women are silenced in the boardrooms, the office bullpen, and even in their own homes when they share that space with men.
So why am I supposed to be thrilled over this little bone thrown in the direction of women’s rights?
Does the treatment of women around the world remind you of how we treat something else of great value?