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Saudi Arabia Licenses First-Ever Female Pilot

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  • Meet 35-year-old Hanadi Al-Hindi, the first-ever licensed female pilot in Saudi Arabia. So Saudi women can fly airplanes but not drive cars? Oh, that’s right, driving ruins women’s ovaries. [Arab News]
  • On white supremacy and the suffrage (women’s right to vote) movement. [The Toast]
  • Of course Louisiana might force women seeking abortions to read a pamphlet about “abortion risks” written by abortion opponents. [Think Progress]
  • How the director of North Dakota’s only abortion clinic found an unexpected ally. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

Saudi University Lets Female Student Die Of Heart Attack Rather Than Allow Male Paramedics On Campus

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  • A female student who suffered a heart attack at the all-women’s campus of King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, died because officials would not allow the male paramedics to reach her. Amna Bawazeer was not “covered,” officials said, and men are not permitted on the women’s campus. Some students on the campus are extremely angry, saying that even though the university strictly follows Islam it should have shown more compassion in an medical emergency. [Gulf News]
  • A new Afghanistan law about violence against women is fuuuucked. [Guardian UK]
  • Look! An invite-only conference full of celebs and CEOs that’s snubbing labor unions is planning to “reset the agenda for women in the workplace.” Why can’t folks just network at the Four Seasons bar instead? [Washington Monthly] Keep reading »

Woman Arrested In Saudi Arabia For Driving Her Sick Father To The Hospital

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  • Police in Saudi Arabia arrested a woman for driving, despite the fact that she was taking her diabetic father to a hospital. Perhaps the cops just wanted to warn her that driving ruins women’s ovaries? [Kuwait Times]
  • Illinois has advanced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.  The bill now heads to the state Senate, where it is expected to pass. [Think Progress]
  • Marvel is bringing back Ms. Marvel and she’s going to be a 16-year-old Muslim girl named Kamala Khan who lives with her Pakistani immigrant parents in Jersey City, New Jersey. [Yahoo News, New York Times]
  • Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova is allegedly bound for a penal colony in Siberia. Earlier this week, family of the feminist punk rocker said she was missing and prison officials would not reveal her location.  She is reportedly being punished for engaging in a hunger strike against abusive prison conditions. [Radio Free Europe] Keep reading »

Driving Ruins Women’s Ovaries, Warns Saudi Cleric

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Listen up, women of childbearing age! Do you ever want to have kids some day? Are you concerned about your fertility? Then never, ever get behind the wheel of a car again. Driving is bad for your ovaries. A Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal for women to drive, explained that only men should be allowed to drive cars because:

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards. That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees.”

Saudi Arabian activists who are fighting to overturn the ban on driving should put “reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions.” That must be a joke, though. Reason? Women? Ha! Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan did not cite actual medical research to support his claims about the affect driving has on the women’s reproductive system, probably because it does not exist. [MSN] [Image of woman rolling eyes via Shutterstock]

Human Trafficking Charges Dropped Against Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban

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  • Charges of human trafficking have been dropped against Saudi Arabian princess Meshael Alayban, 42, who lives in Orange County, California, due to lack of evidence. Alayban’s maid said her Kenyan passport was taken away from her and she was forced into veritable slavery. The defense claimed the maid was just trying to shake down the Saudi royal family for money. [Guardian UK]
  • Yup, the new laws restricting abortion in Texas are bullshit. [New York Times]
  • Wondering how much you earn compared to women in other states? Check out this map  that illustrates the gender pay gap state-by-state. [Forbes]
  • An interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the last four doctors in America to openly provide third-trimester abortions. [The Hairpin] Keep reading »

Saudi Women’s Rights Activists Sentenced To 10 Months In Prison For Helping Abused Woman

Saudi Women On Bikes
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... but only she is wearing an abaya and accompanied by a man. Read More »
Women-Only Cities
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Saudi Arabia is planning "women-only cities." Read More »
Saudi Women Can Vote
The King of Saudi Arabia declares women can vote. Read More »
saudi arabian women's rights activists jailed

A Saudi Arabian judge will hear an appeal on Friday from two women’s rights activists who were sentenced to 10 months in prison apiece for trying to help a woman they thought was being abused — or as the woman’s husband saw it, encouraging her to defy her his authority. Keep reading »

“No More Abuse” Campaign Launched In Saudi Arabia

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On Kasandra Perkins and the color of domestic violence. Read More »
Saudi Olympian called "Prostitute"
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16-year-old Saudi Arabian female Olympian called a "prostitute." Read More »
Saudi Women Can Vote
The King of Saudi Arabia declares women can vote. Read More »
No More Abuse 5.1.2013

Th anti-domestic violence campaign, “No More Abuse,” has been launched in the desert of women’s rights: Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia is not known for it draught of gender parity.  Just last month it was considered a “victory” of sorts that women were allowed to ride bicycles.  (Granted the privilege comes with a lengthy post script: in a full abaya, with a male relative present, in designated spaces.) Keep reading »

Is This Man So Sexy He Should Be Deported?

Remember the old “Saturday Night Live” sketch about Antonio Banderas? He’d start to take off his shirt and his back up band would warn “too sexy, too sexy.” Well the real-life version of that sort of happened to Omar Borkan Al Gala. Omar is an actor, poet and musician from Dubai. Last week, he was attending the Jenadrivah Heritage & Culture Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where officials there deemed his male beauty THFSA (too hot for Saudi Arabia). Omar, along with three of his fellow festival attendees, were all deported back to the United Arab Emirates, on the claim that their attractiveness would provoke female attendees into fits of sexual fervor. Keep reading »

Saudi Women Allowed To Ride Bikes, But Only While Wearing An Abaya & Accompanied By A Male Relative

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Women airbrushed out of Ikea's Saudi Arabian catalog. Read More »
"Tempting" Eyes
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Saudi women with attractive peepers may be forced to cover them up. Read More »
Saudi Women Can Vote
The King of Saudi Arabia declares women can vote. Read More »
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  • Guess what everyone?! Saudi Arabia will reportedly now permit women to ride a bicycle in public … but only in parks … and only while accompanied by a male relative … and only while dressed in a body-covering abaya veil. Um … that sounds  … leisurely. [Think Progress, Huffington Post]
  • Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia GOP, warned that if we legalize same-sex marriage straight people will enter into sham gay marriages just to get benefits.  [Talking Points Memo]
  • Some good news for once: nominations for the National Magazine Awards are finally equal between men and women. [Mother Jones] Keep reading »

3,000 Saudis Want Women To Be Allowed To Drive

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  • Three thousand Saudis have signed a petition asking a conservative Muslim council to consider allowing women to legally drive. The council is said to be consideribg a debate on this wild and crazy idea. Women in cars! Who’d have thunk?! [Raw Story]
  • Meet the blogger behind the Steubenville rape case who screengrabbed tons of the offending tweets that showed this scandal unfold on social media. [xoJane]
  • Also, why does Steubenville football coach Reno Saccoccia still have his job? [Salon]
  • Henry Rollins, of all people, has written a kinda awesome piece about Steubenville. [Henry Rollins] Keep reading »
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