The bar for the Muslim world is so low, the low expectation of soft bigotry. Yes, it is good that women can drive. But let’s not pretend they are not chattel or that the status of women under the sharia is nothing less than abominable.
While assailing President Trump on women’s rights (what specifically, they never say), the NY Times and other Western media outlets are heralding this news but ignoring the fact that women still can’t leave the house without a male guardian. Or that a woman needs a male guardian (mahram) whose permission must be granted for travel, medical procedures, obtaining permits. A woman’s guardian arranges her marriage. The system of guardianship is widely abused for economic and social reasons. In 2008, for example, a Muslim father married his eight-year-old daughter off to a 47-year-old man.
Saudi activist Wajeha Al-Huwaider said here:
The ownership of a woman is passed from one man to another. Ownership of the woman is passed from the father or the brother to another man, the husband. The woman is merely a piece of merchandise, which is passed over to someone else—her guardian …
Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive
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