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Saudi Arabia Plans “Women-Only” Cities

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16-Year-Old Saudi Arabian Olympian Called “Prostitute” For Competing

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Two women made history at the 2012 Olympics for being the first-ever female Saudi Arabians to compete in the Games.

But one of those young women, Wojdan Shakerkai, who competed in judo (and lost), has paid dearly for being a trailblazer: the 16-year-old girl has been lambasted as a “prostitute” by misogynists back home. Keep reading »

Rape Case Dismissed Against Saudi Prince (Who Also Happens To Be One Of The World’s Richest Men)

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A Spanish court dismissed a rape case against a Saudi prince and billionaire, after it was decided there was not sufficient evidence to press charges. Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, 57, the nephew of King Abdullah, had been accused of raping a Spanish model on a yacht owned by the Saudi royal family off the island of Ibiza in August 2008. The prince claimed he had not been in Ibiza at the time and had in fact been in France with his family, which dozens of witnesses can allegedly confirm, his lawyers claim. It does not seem to be in dispute that the then-20-year-old woman was attacked, however. She sent a text message to a friend on the night of the alleged attack saying she thought her drink had been spiked;  when the victim was examined afterwards, her urine contained a sleep-inducing tranquilizer and semen. Apparently that DNA evidence has never been tested against the prince’s DNA. The victim claims that the case — which was already dismissed once before by a lower court for lack of evidence — is not being handled with due seriousness because the man she has accused is one of the richest, most powerful men in the world with stakes in NewsCorp and CitiGroup.

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Today’s Lady News: Saudi Arabia’s Lingerie Law To Go Into Effect

  • Saudi Arabia will begin enforcing a law that requires lingerie shops to only employ women, so that men and women do not have to come in contact with each other while buying undergarments. [BBC
  • Washington’s Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, announced today that she will introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. In a press conference today, Gov. Gregoire said, “Some say domestic partnerships are the same as marriage. That’s a version of the discriminatory, separate but equal argument of the past. For decades that argument was used to keep African Americans separate in schools, at their apartments, at drinking fountains. After all, the argument went, those separate places were just as good. But we, Americans knew, separate is not equal and finally the law caught up.” [Think Progress]
  • The real losers of last night’s GOP caucus in Iowa? American women. [Women Are Watching] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Saudi Arabian Women Can Vote Or Run For Office Without Male Approval In 2015

  • Saudi women will be able to vote and run for office without a male guardian’s approval in 2015, an official has announced. Women in Saudi Arabia require a male guardian’s permission — usually a father, brother or husband — to work, travel, study abroad, and marry, along with numerous other activities. Some see King Abdullah’s recent support of giving more rights to Saudi women as a slow sign of progress. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
  • Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner has thyroid cancer and will take 20 days off in January for surgery and recuperation. [BBC]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tops the list of most admired women in the world, according to a Gallup poll. Clinton is followed by Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin, and Condoleezza Rice, respectively. [New York Times] Keep reading »

“Tempting” Eyes Can Now Get You In Trouble In Saudi Arabia

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Religious police in Saudi Arabia may now stop sluts women in public walking around with “tempting” eyes. In other words, Saudi gals with attractive peepers may be forced to cover them up, if a vice officer deems them inappropriate. This is only the most recent “repressive measure” that may be taken against women by the Islamic state. Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, or CPVPV, is a branch of the government that enforces the restrictive dress codes of the state, particularly those applied to women. In current Saudi law, it is already required that women out in public don a veil. But covering up “tempting” eyes? Mind-blowing. [USA Today]

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