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Bloggingheads 06-29-2011 12:00 PM

The Arab Summer (Jillian Schwedler & F. Gregory Gause)
 

db63 06-29-2011 12:31 PM

Re: The Arab Summer (Jillian Schwedler & F. Gregory Gause)
 
F. Gregory Gause is great, very much looking forward to this one.

Diane1976 06-29-2011 02:33 PM

Re: The Arab Summer (Jillian Schwedler & F. Gregory Gause)
 
Greg suggests the Saudi womens' driving issue may be counter-productive and serve the interests of the government because it divides socially liberal and conservative groups that are otherwise united in demanding important political reform, such as an elected legislature. But those groups would have to put aside their differences on a whole range of social issues in order to unite in demanding political reform. That's no reason for Saudi feminists not to keep pushing for social reform.

This is a link to a program that begins with an interview with a female Saudi blogger on the driving issue. http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode...-saudi-arabia/
She says their point isn't to challenge the government. It's not against the law for women to drive. It's a social custom and their goal is social change. There was some harassment of women drivers by the police but no charges.

The blogger explains the fear that if women drive it may lead to women leaving the home, taking jobs, family breakdown, promiscuity, etc., etc., all the usual arguments that are made against any change in customs or laws related to the role of women anywhere, at whatever stage they're at. Some women oppose the change too. She says they wouldn't want to be responsible for jobs like driving the kids to school (maybe especially when they know their husbands will never help with the dishes or putting the kids to bed in exchange?). They also probably like being chauffeured around by their husbands or hired drivers. Freedom has its price, as most North American women know. :-)

sugarkang 06-29-2011 02:39 PM

Re: The Arab Summer (Jillian Schwedler & F. Gregory Gause)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Diane1976 (Post 214694)
Freedom has its price, as most North American women know. :-)

I must agree, even if I'm knee-jerkingly opposed to limiting women's freedom in any way. There needs to be a PEW poll.

chamblee54 06-30-2011 07:01 PM

Re: The Arab Summer (Jillian Schwedler & F. Gregory Gause)
 
Mr. Gause makes a slight mistake.
Maybe you should have Beyonce' and Lady Gaga on for a Divalog.
chamblee54


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