This would be humorous if it weren’t the law in Saudi Arabia—where women aren’t allowed to drive—or if a Ph.D. didn’t go on television and argue seriously that women who drive in other countries “don’t care if they are raped by the roadside.” WHAT?
During a TV show, Saudi historian Saleh Al-Saadoon said that women should not be allowed to drive on the grounds that they might get raped if their car broke down on the roadside. “[Western women] don’t care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do”, he said on the January 11, 2015 show on the Saudi Rotana Khalijiyya TV.
As you’ll see, the interviewer goes after Al-Sadoon like a dog at a bone, and good for her. (I’m surprised that she’s not veiled, for I thought that was the rule for Saudi women in public). At least Al-Saadoon admits that this is a religious issue, showing that for people like him, and presumably many Saudi men, obeying the presumed dictates of Islam overrides women’s freedom.
And get what his solution is to the interviewer’s suggestion that women might still be raped by the men who drive them around. Al-Saadoon suggests, in all seriouslness, that Saudi women might be driven by foreign female chauffeurs! The man is a fricking genius, for he’s unwittingly coopted the Jewish idea of the shabbos goy, the non-Jew hired to do the work prohibited for Jews on the Sabbath! (The interviewer, peace be upon her, can’t stifle her laughter at this nonsense.)