Driving Out Saudi Arabia’s Virgins?

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A self-described “scientific” report issued by Muslim scholars has determined that within ten years Saudi Arabia will have “no more virgins” if the ban on Saudi women driving is lifted.

While Saudi Arabia remains the only country in the world where women are prohibited from driving a car — an act punishable by arrest and public whipping — Saudi women have been engaged in a highly publicized effort to overturn the ban.

Those protests, which began in earnest in May 2011, have taken the form of an online campaign in which Saudi women have posted videos of themselves driving in an attempt to encourage other women to defy the ban.

The video protests have generated sufficient adverse domestic and international reaction, which prompted Saudi King Abdullah to entertain suggestions that the driving ban be reviewed.

To that end, King Abdullah commissioned a report from Saudi professor Kamal Subhi, in conjunction with Muslim scholars from Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, to assess the impact that lifting the driving ban would have on Saudi society.

Apart from the apocalyptic vision of an extinct virgin populace, the scholarly report also claimed women drivers would “provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce,” as seen in other Muslim countries that had allowed women the right to drive.

Empirical proof of that latter claim was offered by Professor Subhi when he recounted his own personal experience sitting in a coffee shop in another Arab nation. According to the horrified Subhi, “All the women were looking at me. One made a gesture that made it clear she was available… this is what happens when women are allowed to drive.”

While Subhi failed to explain what particular gesture the woman had made to force him to reach for the smelling salts, his findings nevertheless have found a receptive audience among conservative Saudi royals and clerics who are chafing at the prospect of any more reforms being pushed through by King Abdullah.

While exceedingly modest by Western standards, Abdullah has nevertheless enacted several reforms on behalf of women, which include giving Saudi women the right to vote in the 2015 municipal elections and a promise to appoint women to the King’s advisory body, the all-male Shura Council.

However, as one prominent Saudi journalist noted, “It will be odd that women who enjoy parliamentary immunity as members of the Shura Council are unable to drive their cars or travel without permission.”

Of course, having long borne the brunt of Saudi Arabia’s rigid interpretation of Sharia law, Saudi women are quite accustomed to being treated in a highly illogical, discriminatory and abusive way.

That treatment manifests itself most visibly in segregation laws, strictly enforced by the Kingdom’s religious police, which require women in public to avoid all contact with men while draped in attire that conceals their entire body, save hands and eyes.

In fact, even displaying one’s eyes can be a source of trouble for a woman, as demonstrated recently when Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) recently announced that it would order women whose eyes seem “tempting” to shield them immediately or face arrest.

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  • meekee

    The way some women drive perhaps the Saudis have a point!!

    • vatipaaperkele

      Idiot. The way you "think" perhaps you should move to S-arabia to live with your soulmates.

  • bugstopper

    perhaps as the veil of oppression, subjugation, and ignorance is lifted from women in the muslim world they will find out what useless pieces of crap many muslim men are.

    • nasir

      haha you sound like someone just flushed the toilet into your head … hate monger

  • nasir

    Hey Frank, seems like you have a very light hand on presenting factually incorrect argument … i lived in saudi arabia … you cant touch a women there mate … its a tribal society … you get screwed if you even lay an eye on her … women there rule … the most police can do is stop them and then let em go … for a change try living there and maybe you would decide to make a more honest attempt at journalism ….

  • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

    Don't they marry their sharmutas off at 6? Just make the legal driving age older than that and no problemo.

  • Johnson

    Not that you actually have to live somewhere to have a valid opinion, but just to clarify up front, I did live there for 3 years. It will never be about having something practical for women. It will always be about control of one half of the society over the other half. There is nothing in Islam or the Koran that says women can't drive, because cars would not be invented for another 1250 years. It is all about power and control. Men fear women, and as long as they control them, they do not have to be accountable for their actions. As far as losing all the virgins go, I'm not sure where they would go. The author obviously has no idea of the headaches and paperwork involved in getting into neighboring countries on the Saudi border. It definitely would not be as easy as he seems to think for the "virgins" to get out of the country.

  • Kim

    @ Johnson – I don't think he was implying that the "virgins" would leave the country, he was implying that letting women drive would cause them to have pre-marital sex and lose their virginity. By giving women the freedom to drive themselves places, they would be able to meet up with men and have sex easier.

  • PAthena

    President Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia at the beginning of his term of office. But his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just criticized Israel because Orthodox Jews there insist on separating the sexes.

    • No Dhimmi

      Maybe if Israel had loads of oil, Clinton would have bowed to the Orthodox Jews.

  • No Dhimmi

    These lunatics are obsessed with female virginity – they are promised, after all, with 72 VIRGINS if they murder infidels. The whole cult seems to be based on preserving a female's virginity – that shallow nonsense seems to be all there is to it.

    It's a mental illness, period. The problem is that this mental illness is spreading around the globe at frightening speed.

    • Questions

      You're right. But don't think for a minute any of this lets orthodox Christians and Jews off the hook. They believe the same crapola about virginity that the Muslims do. They just enforce their strictures with a less heavy hand.

  • curmudgeon_1

    the islamonazis may have a valid point. in the u.s., girls get their licenses at age 16, and by age 17 there is hardly a virgin to be found. even worshipers of an evil god and venerators of a criminal prophet can be right every century or so.

  • Texasron

    The Saudis have it all wrong. Women driving will hasten Global Warming.

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    If women are allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia the KIngdom will have no virgins in ten years? Does this mean that if women are allowed to drive today that all virgins who remain untouched by men will miraculously lose their virginity within the next ten years? And that all female babies will be born non-virgins, as punishment from Allah?

    Still, I don't get it. If Mohammad's wives were allowed by their husband to ride camels and horses independently then why can't Saudi women drive cars? What was allowed by the prophet should be lawful for all Moslems and respected by all Moslem clerics and rulers, no?

  • Joe

    All this nonsense reveals the filthiness of the male Muslim mind. They don't seem capable of controlling themselves sexually but then, so much of their religion is influenced by sex
    e.g. Mo was a pedophile and rapist and paradise consists of 72 virgins or pretty boys in the case of homos. This is why terrorists are prepared to kill themselves – for sex !!!

  • Amused

    Gee how many male virgins are there ? Oh wait ! Men dont have hymens so how could anyone tell ? Hey this is all about muslim men and the urge for women they can not control ,ergo they seek to enslave and demean that which controls their desires . They rape ,and then blame the woman .Or the woman gets raped and then gets punished for being the victim . Truly a peversion of moral code .

    • Walter E. Welton

      A couple of months ago I read an article that stated so many men of the Islamic faith had enjoyed homosexual sex for so long, that when they eventually got married, they had no idea as to how to consummate the union nor how to procreate children. It is no wonder then why those of that faith are so into porn – it is truly basic sexual education for the illiterate and uneducated!