Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Real Reason Why I Cannot Drive in Saudi Arabia



This is the video I made for the Women's Driving Campaign movement.  Some people might be shocked at my use - twice - of the "P" word.  But basically it is the real reason why I am denied the right to drive here in this country.

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  1. Way to go Susie! You are a very brave and caring woman. It certainly can't be easy for you after driving for 40 years and I give you kudos for having the guts to make this video. You sure have my support and I hope you get a lot more. All the best to you!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lori! Great to hear from you.

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  2. Good luck with your campaign!

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    1. Hi Jeanette - I think we are gaining more and more support every year. I know many women do not want to drive here, and that's fine, but the rest of us should at least have the choice to drive.

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  3. Excellent, Susie! I hope the right people get the message!

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  4. Susie, this issue is so much bigger than genitalia and automobiles. Limiting the rights of women to move about freely in "the men's world" keeps women ignorant, disadvantaged, and dependent. As well intentioned as some men might be in their belief that restricting women's access to the rest of modern civilization is somehow "protecting them," what they are really protecting is the existing power structure and an economy that has little incentive to grow. Independent women need greater access to education and employment and they're not prepared to let that happen...not yet, anyway.

    I'm not saying the West has all the right ideas. The 20th Century Western women's rights movement appears to relate in some ways to the deterioration of the nuclear family, a devaluing of the sense of community, an overemphasis on material acquisition, and a general coarsening of public morality--all things that get trotted out in the "Islamic societies have to repress women because they don't want to end up like you" conversation--but there should be a viable solution between treating women like property/children and unrestrained depravity. Muslims in other parts of the world seem to be able to exist successfully in that middle ground.

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    1. Hi Anonymous - I totally agree with you. I had a very limited amount of time to present my case, so I went for effect. There are so many more arguments too numerous to mention in less than two minutes, but I have written about the driving issues many times in the past few years. Middle ground needs to be reached here and it can be achieved without sacrificing Islamic values, as many other countries in the world have proven.

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  5. Assalam Alaykum, dear sister in Islam!
    I hope all your good intentions come true quickly. In Shaa Allah.
    With love,
    Denise Bomfim

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  6. I loved hearing your voice! Good message!!

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