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A women's rights organization in Saudi Arabia has placed, of all things, driving at the center of their reformist agenda. Yeah, that's right, driving. Obviously, we applaud this decision. Who needs to shed the burka when you take the wheel whenever you want! Understandably, a convoluted discussion of Islamic law has ensued.


You see, Saudi women are not explicitly prohibited from the act of driving. However, if they were to drive, scholars worry that they could interact with men whom they aren't related to. Yes, Saudi women can't drive because of something that might happen.

Heck, better safe than sorry, huh?

The full rundown can be found in this Sri Lankan report. [UPDATE: Thanks to commenter Hyman Decent, we now know that Saudi women do not wear the burka, but the abaya.]


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