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أنا لا أحب قيادة السيارة.

March 8, 2012

Woman from Saudi ArabiaYesterday, for an article I’m writing work, I interviewed three young women from Saudi Arabia. They’ve all been in the United States for less than a year, and they all agreed on one thing: They love driving.

They detailed for me all the restrictions placed on women in their home country: No leaving the house without a trusted male escort, no going out after dark, no bank transactions without your husband present, and no driving. At all.

One of the women is a mother of two. One is a PhD candidate in biochemistry. Neither was allowed to drive a car down the street.

I didn’t share with them the fact that I’ve had the freedom to drive since I was practically a child, that I was given a car to go wherever my teenage curfew allowed, and that at any moment I please, I could write a check or sign a contract and drive home my very own car.

For a second, I felt ungrateful for not driving a car as much as I possibly can.

Today, one of the women has her driver’s license, and the other two are making excited plans to get theirs.


P.S. Copy and paste the title of this post into Google Translate to see what it means.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2012 10:55 am

    To be fair, it’s not really a ban on women driving, but a ban on traveling without a man, period. They couldn’t ride a bike or take public transportation either, and I think even a cab might be prohibited. So don’t feel ungrateful for not driving, but DO feel grateful for being able to travel where you please, unescorted, using any mode of transportation you prefer!

    • avaerewyck permalink
      March 14, 2012 3:37 pm

      Good point, Erica. Thanks for your comment!

  2. March 14, 2012 12:57 am

    Rather humbling

    • avaerewyck permalink
      March 14, 2012 3:39 pm

      Indeed. I didn’t think I was feeling un-humble … but I probably was.

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