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“No More Abuse” Campaign Launched In Saudi Arabia

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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

IKEA Photoshop Airbrush
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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 »

Saudi Cleric Suggests Baby Girls Wear Burqas To “Protect” Them From Sexual Assault

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Lena's Ignorant Tweet
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A Saudi Arabian cleric raised eyebrows over his WTF suggestion on a TV program six months ago that baby girls should be covered head-to-toe in burqas to protect them from sexual assault. It is one thing to suggest, however ludicrously, that veiled women prevent men from being tempted to rape (because we know men are all rapists and must be thwarted at every turn, amirite?), though I obviously don’t agree with forcing or coercing women to wear the burqa. But the mere suggestion that little baby girls might be lascivious if they’re not completely covered? Now, that’s just disgusting. Sheikh Abdullah Daoud’s “burqas for babies” idea has been criticized by other Saudis, who say he is making the Islamic faith look bad. I’m inclined to agree! [Daily Mail UK]

IKEA Photoshops Women Out Of Saudi Arabian Catalog

Women-Only Cities
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Saudi Arabia plans women-only cities so they can be "separate but equal." Read More »
"Tempting" Eyes
woman veil
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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Photoshop, you beast! Look at all the problems you cause.

I kid, I kid. The real problem here is Saudi Arabia’s backwards attitude towards women, which is the reason why IKEA airbrushed all the women out of its Saudi catalog. As you can see from these side-by-side photos which landed on the cover of Stockholm’s Metro newspaper, a charming domestic scene lost the female model so as to be deemed acceptable.

It’s just like the time an Orthodox Jewish newspaper Photoshopped Secretary of State Hillary Clinton out of a photo taken inside the Situation Room … only with a frykantig and a dagstorp. [Al-Jazeera]

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