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Sunday, October 27, 2013
'No Woman, No Drive' Is This Year's Best Saudi Driving Protest Song
Arabia has some of the most repressive laws against women in the entire
world, prohibiting them from even sitting behind the wheel of a car.
Today, brave women across Saudi Arabia are protesting those laws by simply by driving, and brave comedians are protesting by making absolutely hilarious songs.
It's not strictly illegal,
per se, for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, but they just won't let you
get a driver's license unless you have what they consider to be the
requisite equipment between the legs. So that makes it illegal, to the
tune of ten lashes. Yes, ten lashes.
Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh
posted the excellent "No Woman, No Drive" today to bring more attention
to the plight of women in the Middle Eastern country. It's not only
sarcastic and sharp, but relevant as well, with references to the new
and absurd claim that driving might damage one's ovaries.
songs have a long and clear history, and a cappella multi-take music
videos have a less long and clear Internet history, but when you combine
them with the real fear struck in the hearts of regular citizens by the
Saudi religious police, and the great satire it invites, you have
comedy gold. Oh, and the beard-scratching and sardonic grins totally