Drive, She Said: Saudi Women Drive In Rolling Protest, Ovaries Fail to Explode

Abby Zimet

Gearing up for an Oct. 26 protest against their country's de facto ban on female drivers - there exists no explicit law or Islam ban against it - Saudi women have posted scores of videos of themselves driving, often taken by a female Saudi filmmaker who helped organize the protest and was then briefly detained. In taking the wheel, women are thus defying a conservative cleric who claimed that driving would have "negative physiological impacts (as) medical studies show that it affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards," resulting in children "with clinical problems of varying degrees." Despite these grave if wholly unfounded warnings, over 15,000 people signed an Oct26Driving petition before the website was shut down. Here's one driving video in which, as expected, no lightning descends from on high, no lady parts disintegrate, and nothing happens - except, charmingly, some drivers in other cars give them thumbs-up.

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